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Posted 6 years ago

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Part of my grandmothers estate . Probably relatives of mine . Just sharing .... it would be nice to know the approximate year - thanks

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    The tintypes of the man and daughter and lone man appear to be from the 1870s.

    The others are probably a little later and date from the 1880s- 1890s.

  2. fitter475 fitter475, 6 years ago
    Thanks Scott - I figured they had to be late 1800's
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    The biggest clue to post Civil War is the lack of cases and matting marks. The "loose tintype" rarely appears from 1865 or earlier unless it has lost its case (and then it would show matting marks).

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Many were put into photograph albums (during the era)-- I find them in albums and also just loose.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    That will work.

    When allowed to rub against each other (stacked, as I often find) they tend to leave scratches on the surface.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Corner clips are usually an indication that they were originally housed in albums. The makers of the albums recommended the corners be clipped to easily fit the images into an album-- some even went so far as to include a template with the album.

    Often you will find corners clipped on a carte de visite (CDV) as well.


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