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The Online Genealogist: The birth of the Tintype photograph.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I have some old metal tintype photos.  Can you tell me when they first started using this form of photography in the United States?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Answer:  The mention of such a photo process was discussed by Adolphe-Alexandre Martin in France in the year 1853.  A gentleman by the name of Hamilton Smith patented the idea in the U.S. in 1856.  Most tintypes I have examined however are generally from the 1860's to the early 1900's. This is the original patent for the idea in the U.S. in 1856 -

Posted by David Lambert at 11/07/2012 11:53:24 PM | 

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