Portrait of a Baseball Player, circa 1880

Summary

Tintypes, the popular "instant photographs" of the 19th century, could be produced in a matter of minutes at a price most people could afford. Tintypes democratized photography. Beginning in the mid-1850s, they gave more people than ever before the chance to have a real likeness of themselves--capturing unique glimpses of how everyday Americans looked and lived.

Tintypes, the popular "instant photographs" of the 19th century, could be produced in a matter of minutes at a price most people could afford. Tintypes democratized photography. Beginning in the mid-1850s, they gave more people than ever before the chance to have a real likeness of themselves--capturing unique glimpses of how everyday Americans looked and lived.

Artifact

Tintype (Photograph)

Subject Date

circa 1880

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

93.144.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)

Technique

Direct positive processes

Dimensions

Height: 3.25 in

Width: 2.25 in

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