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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 - http://www.google.com/patents/US14300?pg=PA1&dq=hamilton+smith+photography&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wTqbULG4CK-n0AGui4DgAw&sqi=2&pjf=1&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=hamilton%20smith%20photography&f=false

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


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