A Collection of Vintage Tintypes

A Collection of Vintage Tintypes

Tintypes were an early form of photographs made by creating a positive on a thin sheet of metal coated in enamel. Despite the name, there isn’t any tin in tintypes. They replaced other types of vintage photography like daguerreotypes because they were cheaper and easier to make. After a few decades, tintypes would also be replaced with albumen prints that produced a higher quality image. Tintypes enjoyed the height of their popularity during the 1860s and 1870s which means they were predominantly used to cover the Civil War and the American Wild West.

Two girls and a dog in San Francisco c. 1900

Two girls and a dog in San Francisco c. 1900

Civil War drum and fife corps

Civil War drum and fife corps

Man standing next to plant c. 1870 - 1900

Man standing next to plant c. 1870 – 1900

Civil War soldiers hanging around their cottage

Civil War soldiers hanging around their cottage

Warrenton, Virginia c. 1862

Warrenton, Virginia c. 1862

Portrait of two boys c. 1860

Portrait of two boys c. 1860

Fort Sumter c. 1861

Fort Sumter c. 1861

Portrait of Boston Corbett, the man who allegedly gunned down John Wilkes Booth

Portrait of Boston Corbett, the man who allegedly gunned down John Wilkes Booth

Putting up telegraph poles c. 1864

Putting up telegraph poles c. 1864

Lincoln talking with the troops 1862

Lincoln talking with the troops 1862