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Tintypes154 of 240Antique Tintype of Man Holding SomethingGrandpa Carl, baby, child, and young man
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    Posted 9 years ago

    scottvez
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    This interesting pair of images dates from the 1870s.

    Condition is rough as this was kept loose for the last 100+ years, so it has some dings, rusting and general surface damage. Despite all of that, I was happy to acquire this example.

    I already have several duplicate tintypes that were cut-- this is my first uncut example.

    Reproduction of these images is prohibited.

    scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio and moonstone!

      scott
    2. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Scott ... size of the entire plate?
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Just checked rob. It is a little larger than I originally thought-- it is 5" X 3 1/2".

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks official and bratjdd.

      scott
    5. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      I've been thinking about this tintype for a while. On one hand, the point of view between the two images is slightly different suggesting a multi-lens camera. On the other hand, the very thin separation of the images suggests a repeating back. But if a repeating back was used, the poses would be slightly different. Maybe the photographer was really fast. The thing I cannot quite get a handle on is if this is actually a part of a larger 2-up or 4-up tin plate. The image appears to go to the edge, which would rule out a 2-up set of images on a 5x7 plate because the holder would leave unexposed areas. Or maybe I cannot see it ... Scott ... are there unexposed edges? That leaves the possibility of a 2-up on a 1/2-plate fitted in a whole plate camera. (1/2-plate cameras are rare and I've yet to see a stereo version.) But if a whole-plate camera was used, the most economical approach would be to create a 4-up plate. All of this is interesting, but I cannot explain the thin separation of the images. Multi-lens cameras' septum would leave a big separation. Anyhow, that's the ramblings of a camera guy. Anyhow, good post.
    6. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Sorry ... can't do 4-up on a whole-plate ... even confused myself on this one. - Rob
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Interesting thoughts rob.

      I am not that good on the camera side-- hoped you would tell me what/ how it was done!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks amber-- this is one of two uncut images that I bought of the same group of folks.

      I'll try and post the other at some point.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks amber-- this is one of two uncut images that I bought of the same group of folks.

      I'll try and post the other at some point.

      scott

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