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Cartes-De-Visite278 of 3081876 Photo of Royalty?14th Army Corps Civil War soldier CDV
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Posted 6 years ago

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I have collected old photos.

But thus one scares me.

It is too old?

It's breaking already!

How to stop that?

Wonder if that person is important?

Help needed please...

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Looks like an 1880s tintype in a CDV paper mount.

    It is interesting because of his height: "6 feet 5 in" which would have been huge in that era.

    What scares you and what is breaking?

  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    What is the complete writing across the bottom? Is there anything on the back?
  3. Benking, 6 years ago
    Thanks Scott!

    What's CDV?
  4. Benking, 6 years ago
    Thanks Pack!

    Yes, the back reads: Henry Collins Mothers first cousin Ted Barwick.

    As one of my great uncles was in a circus, I wonder now about this one.

    Was such Ted in a circus?
  5. USACollect, 6 years ago
    CDV stands for carte de visite.
  6. Benking, 6 years ago
    Thanks USA!

    But that can't be because of this size?

    It is about 3 h by 2 inches. That is a CDV?
  7. USACollect, 6 years ago
    Size does not matter, the image is a tintype in a CDV mount.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    A typical carte de visite (CDV) is about 2 1/2" X 4", with slight variations.

    A CDV is a slightly smaller albumen print mounted on cardstock of the size mentioned above.

    Albums were sold that had slots to fit these CDV cards. Late in the Civil War it became popular to put tintypes into these same size mounts, so that they too could be put into the albums.

    The process of putting tintypes into CDV mounts increased in the post Civil War era, just as the use of wood or thermoplastic cases dropped.

    Based on the the style of your mount and the man's clothing, your image is dated to about the 1880s.

    Too much info??

  9. Benking, 6 years ago
    Thanks very much Scott!

    I appreciate greatly your info.

    I have seen and let go many such albums as you mentioned,
    in my 50 years of collecting!

    But this one still puzzles me! It's so thin, take it breaks!
    Maybe it's a negative?
  10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Later era tins are on thinner metal.

    Show some pictures of the entire image/ mount with both the front and the back.

  11. Benking, 6 years ago
    Scott, you mean older than 1880's?
  12. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    NO-- they get thinner.

    An 1880s tintype is usually thinner than one from the 1850s.

  13. Benking, 6 years ago
    Oh, thanks Scott!

    I must look for that.

    Thinner ones. Thicker is still older!

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