Images and Words: An Online History of Photography

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McGraw HillRobert Hirsch Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, Second edition (McGraw-Hill, 2009)
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Anon.
Memorial Still Life (Washington State)
1870 (ca)
Tintype
7 x 5 in
 
Paul Cava Fine Art
Courtesy of Paul Cava Fine Art
 
LL/10835
 
 

 
Anon.
Model of a Civil War Ship
n.d.
Tintype, 1/6 plate
Be-Hold
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (52 / 10)
 
Elaborate detail of the rigging, the gun ports, the armored turrets on deck. This looks like an ironclad ram, and perhaps the very one can be identified. 1/6 plate TINTYPE in a nice thermoplastic frame with one repaired crack. There is a small rub to the left of the ship, and a few minor marks.
 
LL/30995
 
 

 
Anon.
Greek Art
n.d.
Melainotype
Be-Hold
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (49 / 20)
 
The tintype was patented in 1856 by Peter Neff, who had been assigned the patent by the inventor Hamilton L. Smith. They called the iron plates "melainotypes" and these original plates were sold stamped with the Neff patent on the edge. This series is an important example. These early plates are heavier than the more common later tintypes, and are true 1/6 plate size, instead of the CDV size that became more common, and that allowed them to be placed in albums alongside CDV's, rather than having to be placed in cases. Like the ambrotype, these early iron plates aspired and sometimes achieved a conscious artistic status, as opposed to the more mundane and attractively lively character of the later tintypes.
 
Smith and Neff (who had earlier been associated with Yale) were on the faculty of Kenyon College in Ohio, and this important series of photographs of Greek art objects has an academic character. It seems to be a recording of a collection of objects in some museum or other institution, and associates this new process with highest level of art. These 10 plates are all undamaged; tones vary slightly.
 
LL/18512
 
 

 
Anon.
Greek Art
n.d.
Melainotype
Be-Hold
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (49 / 20)
 
LL/18513
 
 

 
Anon.
Unidentified hand-operated pump device
1870 (ca)
Tintype
8.8 x 6.4 cm
 
George Eastman House
Courtesy of George Eastman House, Museum Purchase: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund (83:0121:0001)
 
LL/6932
 
 

 
Anon.
Portrait of a couple with their viewer and cards
n.d.
Tintype, full plate
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in
 
Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs
Courtesy of David Spahr (www.stereoviews.com)
 
David Spahr noted that the view in the viewer is Taughannock Falls near Ithaca, NY (USA)
 
LL/11629
 
 

 
Anon.
Girl In Plaid Dress
1870 (ca)
Tintype
8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in (full plate)
 
Paul Cava Fine Art
Courtesy of Paul Cava Fine Art
 
LL/10836
 
 

 
Anon.
The living head clamp
n.d.
Tintype
Be-Hold
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (45 / 35)
 
A mother with her face obliterated holds the sullen child. The tinted vertical tablecloth adds to the surreal character.
 
In the collection of Nigel Maister. (November 2006)
 
LL/10883
 
 

 
Anon.
Chinese Man
1860s (ca)
Tintype
1/6 plate
 
Carl Mautz Vintage Photographs
Courtesy of Carl Mautz
 
This tintype was found in California.
 
LL/11977
 
 

 
Anon.
US boxers
1878
Tintype, 1/9 plate
Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs
Courtesy of David Spahr (www.stereoviews.com)
 
LL/11628
 
 

 
Anon.
Two women & man in studio prop boat [Possibly Samuel Castner Sr., 1798-1879]
1875 (ca)
Tintype
10.8 x 15.7 cm
 
George Eastman House
Courtesy of George Eastman House, Gift of 3M Company, ex-collection Louis Walton Sipley (GEH NEG: 25067)
 
LL/6921
 
 

 
Anon.
2-headed boy
1900 (ca)
Tintype, double exposure
Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes
LL/30013
 
 

 
A.E. & A.J. Alden (Saratoga)
A group of people outside one of the Springs at Saratoga, N.Y.
n.d.
Tintype, stereoscopic
Stereographica - Antique Photographica
Courtesy of Bryan and Page Ginns (#15 / 215)
 
Stereo Tintypes are the rarest of all stereo media.
 
LL/11070
 
 

 
Anon.
A group suicide
1875 (ca)
Tintype
3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in
 
Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes
LL/24366
 
 

 
Anon.
A man riding an unusual bicycle or more correctly a tricycle.
n.d.
Tintype, 1/6 plate
Stereographica - Antique Photographica
Courtesy of Bryan and Page Ginns (#16/127)
 
It appears to be an English Rudge Rotary Tricycle from the 1880s.
 
LL/13258
 
 

 
Anon.
Union Hotel, Gordon, Penn'a. T.M. Bolich, Prop.
1860s
Tintype, in carboard mount
Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes
LL/29770
 
 

 
Anon.
A winter sleigh ride
1880 (ca)
Tintype
4 x 5 in
 
Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes
LL/24361
 
 

 
Anon.
Brickmaking Construction Scene
1870 (ca)
Tintype
5 x 7 in
 
Paul Cava Fine Art
Courtesy of Paul Cava Fine Art
 
LL/10833
 
 

 
Anon.
Loew's "Broadway Bridge" at Fulton and Broadway, NY
1866-1868
Tintype
4 x 5 in
 
Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes
LL/24292
 
 

 
Anon.
Two women fencing
1885 (ca)
Tintype
6.3 x 9.0 cm
 
George Eastman House
Courtesy of George Eastman House (82:1414:0001)
 
LL/6929
 
 

 
Anon.
Three Men with Cigars
1870s
Tintype, 1/6 plate, in decorative silver frame - not original
Charles Schwartz Ltd
Courtesy of Charles Schwartz Ltd (www.cs-photo.com - #7405)
 
LL/9069
 
 

 
Anon.
Bird's-Eye View of New England Town, Most Likely New Hampshire
1860 (ca)
Tintype, stereoview in a Mascher Case
Charles Schwartz Ltd
Courtesy of Charles Schwartz Ltd (www.cs-photo.com - #8038)
 
LL/9072
 
 

 
Susan Seubert
Corset
2003
Tintype
G. Gibson Gallery
LL/4353
 
 

 
Jayne Hinds Bidaut
Charaxes castor—Zebra Butterfly—Central Africa
1998-2002 (ca)
Tintype
Barry Singer Gallery
LL/2757
 
 
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