Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today let’s start our dive into Victorian Gems. This is the first page as you open the¬†little Red Gem Album. It’s a nice way to start an album, with two pretty children. It is unfortunate that the scratch goes right across her face but otherwise this image is lovely and well preserved. She has her …

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You might think we are talking about jewels here, or something really awesome, as some use the word gem to describe something really wonderful – or ironically when something is really not wonderful – but in fact, we are talking about photographs. The tintype (also, tin type, used interchangeably) was invented in 1856 by¬†Adolphe-Alexandre Martin …

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