Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s image is a young child, perhaps under 2 years old. I think this is a boy based on the side part in the hair. The child is sitting in a chair draped with a striped blanket. Baby also wears a necklace with a locket. This tintype is in very good condition and the image is quite clear. The corners of the tintype were snipped off to make it easier to insert into a photo album. This was common with CDVs produced in the 1860s. During the 1870s, rounded corners were introduced on CDVs. I would imagine that with tintypes, this modification could have been made at home. Sometimes the tintype was encased in a paper sleeve but not always. There is an oval shadow around the child’s image, but I can’t tell if it is due to the photograph being in a frame or album, or if the vignette shape is part of the original photo.

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