Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Out of the Darkness - Rescuing old Tintypes - August 2014

For some, an old photograph loses its charm when "restored" to modern day clarity with all the age spots removed. Some photographs however, benefit greatly from just a nudge of enhancement. An improved contrast or the reversal of the yellowing brings out details that otherwise would have been missed and lost forever.

To please both camps of those who rescue old photographs, here are both the originals and the enhanced of just a few of the latest additions to Lost Gallery.

The old tintypes need a little boost sometimes. Instead of fading, the light parts of the photograph darken. By nature, a tintype is a bit dark to begin with.

Eventually, over time, depending on the care given them, they are lost in the dark shadows of obscurity. Here are a few that were brought back by adjusting the contrast a bit.

They are enlarged slightly for this page too. It's for the details.

And here are some other BACK PAGES featuring the TINTYPE photograph:
Out of the Darkness - Feb., 2011
Out of the Darkness - April, 2011
Out of the Darkness - August, 2011

And here are some really interesting examples:

Tintype portrait
Tintype portrait

Tintype three men
Tintype three men
Tintype portrait
Tintype portrait

Tintype small girl
Tintype small girl
Tintype woman standing
Tintype woman standing

Three guys in hats and ties.
Three guys in hats and ties.

Man on horse
Man on horse

This one is very tiny, only 1.75 inches X 2 inches. It is not on tin but on a sturdy card. It is obviously the same tintype process however.

The one at the right is also on a card, a miniature post card. It is 1.5 inches X 3.5 inches.

Both are shown here slightly larger that actual size.

Detail of stamp area from the postcard at the right.
Tintype process
Tintype process
written on reverse: Ruby Lucille Kathryn
Post card

This is the postcard backing for the baby picture. It is not clearly printed and so far the manufacturer has not been identified and so dating is just a guess.

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