Photo Detective: All About Tintypes

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium
What's the most common type of photograph submitted to this column? Tintypes! These misunderstood genealogical gems appear in most family photo collections for three reasons: They were cheap, quick to produce and durable. The sturdy images are iron plates coated with light-sensitive chemicals and lacquered to resist rust. Also called...
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