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Chapter 10. Photo Restorations > Resurrecting an Old Tintype

Resurrecting an Old Tintype

Every once in awhile, you’ll encounter a photo that’s almost certainly lost to the ravages of time, so that little of the original image remains. The old tintype shown in Figure 10.14 is such an example. If I’d found it at a garage sale, I probably would not have given it a second look. Tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, aren’t particularly rare. They aren’t made on tin, either. The process was introduced in 1853. It was fast and cheap, and tintypes were rugged. The process was outmoded by the 1880s, but street photographers continued to produce tintypes well into the middle of the twentieth century.

Figure 10.14. This old tintype is barely viewable



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