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February 2, 2021

Humorous Tintypes of Three Victorian Men in a Studio

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 of three Victorian men in a studio

Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty and fine art form in the 21st.

These humorous tintypes were found by Beverly that show three young men in a studio. Did the photographer rent the studio by the hour? Was there a purpose to their hijinks? Or did they just feel like having fun. They play checkers, read a letter, pretend to fight, and sleep...

A young man reads a letter while his two companions look over his shoulder

A young man from the "3 Men in a Tintype Studio" set lies in a hammock. He appears to be sleeping

A young man from the "3 Men in a Tintype Studio" set lies in a hammock. He smokes a cigar as he relaxes

A young man from the "3 Men in a Tintype Studio" set lies in a hammock

Catching birds

One of the three friends sits on the floor, a second on a chair, and the third stands behind them in an interesting vertical arrangement. Each holds a hat and smokes a cigar

The fight

Tipsy trio

Two of the three young men from the "3 Men in a Tintype Studio" set sit back-to-back in a hammock reading

Two of the three young men sit on the fake rock platform and read

Two young men play checkers

Two young men sleeping




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