I found this article on the Internet and thought that some of you who appreciate (and maybe even have a few) old photographs laying around in cardboard boxes or in desk drawers might like to read some tips on ways to try to put a date on when they might have been brass decorative frame.
This sealed packet was then force fit into a special wood case and was often padded with velvet or silk. The first step was to make a negative image on a light sensitive paper.
By the end of the decade they had become quite popular for the cheap end of the market and they were fitted into a card the same size as the ubiquitous Carte de Visite and therefore fitted nicely into family albums.
At the time her cousin told her she didn't know anything about this tintype. In my experience, people usually know something about a picture, but they don't know they know it until you ask the right question.
Apparently Talbot (the inventor) did not fully realize the importance of washing his prints long enough to remove all the residual chemicals, or perhaps his fixing was inadequate. Instead of a glass cover, the photographer covered the tintype with a quick varnish to protect any tints or colors added to cheeks, lips, jewelry or buttons.
Either fault leads to the same result: fading image, discoloration, etc. Popularity: The tintype was very popular during the Civil War because every soldier wanted to send a picture of himself with his rifle and sword home.
Uncased tintypes have been found with cancelled tax stamps adhered to the backs.
The stamps date these photographs to the period of the wartime retail tax, September 1, 1864, to August.