Posted 3 years ago
These are the first batch of metal backed photos from the Topping Album, at least the ones that could be removed safely. They are a glossy print on a reddish metal backing, I assume is a tintype rather than daguerrotype even tho the metal back looks coppery. From what Ive learned they were first used in 1856? From researching the clothing and hairstyles it seems like these date to the late 1850s to 1860s?
The first one, a boy, is the younger image of the man in the flat black hat pictured with the second man in the straw hat. I think this is the oldest photo in the album as of now...Both are noted as being 'John Topping'. Ive been looking at hairstyles (over the ears vs close cropped), tie styles (cravate, wrap around, wide bow tie, not wide tie), lapel styles,height of waistcoats, style of hats...
Any date help is appreciated.