Private Frank Stough with an 1842 Springfield Rifle, circa 1865

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 1865

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

29.1753.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)

Technique

Tintype (Process)
Hand coloring

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.625 in

Width: 3.25 in

Length: .75 in

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