Here's a nice group of seven different 19th Century tintype photos in very good condition. They likely date back to the 1860s or 1870s, when this type of photography was the standard. All have very clear, distinct images; they are not terribly scratched or deteriorating. A couple were hand tinted to give the subjects rosy cheeks; one has a table scarf tinted green. Typical of the period, none of the people in these photos are smiling because they were required to sit very still since cameras had long exposures times. In addition, having your picture taken during the Victorian Period was a significant, serious event, so smiling for your photo hadn't become instinctive yet as it is today. This lot of tintypes, also known as Ferrotypes, were just recently discovered in the attic of mid 1800s house in Western New York. They are in such nice condition because they hadn't been handled in generations! $35 for the group.
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