Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

A nice tintype of an older lady, maybe in her 50s? I have heard a lot of talk lately about tintypes adding years to a person’s face, so unless I see actual age signs, I’m a bit hesitant to guess. However, this lady does have the drooping eyelids and softly falling jowls of middle age. …

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Page two of the Red Gem Album gives us a new image and a repeat. I have seen this phenomenon before and I don’t know if it was just a way to fill up empty openings, or if there was some other meaning to it. This lady is wearing ringlets in her hair, which I …

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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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