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Two Tintypes - Same Child?

Posted by LangdonRoad on April 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

These are two one-ninth (1/9) plate tintypes in carte de visite paper frames of tiny 19th century children with tinted cheeks wearing the same dress. The photographer and location are not known except they were made in the US. They date to the 1860's - 1870's. The entire cdvs measure about 2 1/2 by 4 inches with about 1 3/4 by 2 1/4 inch oval openings.


The left cdv has instructions written on the back by a photographer, in order to make an 11 by 14 inch vignette portrait, complete with eye and hair color and the shade of the dress. The baby was known as "Little Mans". The tape is likely the original used by the photographer to affix the tintype back into the paper frame.


The right tintype is of a slightly younger child in what looks to be the same dress. It could be "Little Mans" a bit younger, still growing to fit the dress. This tintype still has an original purple paper seal. This tintype's finish has become broken and there are the signs of rust. The dark spots on the seal are mucilage used to adhere the sealing paper to the paper frame and rust.

Categories: Tintypes

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