June 17, 2016

What Did They Wear 150 Years Ago? – Rare Vintage Tintypes Capture People in the 1860s

A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s.

Here are some rare vintage tintypes showing portraits of people in the 1860s.

(Photos from Leigh McKinnon)


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