Dating from 1882 to 1915, these tintypes give us an extraordinary glimpse into the fashions of the time – fine clothes, elaborate hats and precious ornaments.
And it felt like it was what the subjects of the images wanted me to do."In addition to these tintypes, two photo albums were also discovered in old houses nearby, containing more tintypes and cabinet card portraits.
They all compose the photographic collection of the Eastville Community Historical Society.
Introduced in 1839 these likenesses stayed popular until approximately 1865. Daguerreotypes are extremely fragile so don’t take the image out of the case. If when you held the case in your hands you could see the picture it might be an ambrotype, a tintype or a card picture.
Without removing the picture from the case use a magnet to see if there is an attraction. The tintype name reportedly refers to the tin shears used to cut the plates.
Larger tintypes in the UK were more likely to be produced by itinerant photographers (seaside etc.) because the tin was light and unbreakable and tintypes became more and more popular in the 1880s and 1890s and lasted until as late as the 1930s on some beaches.
In America, tintypes were used by the travelling photographers following the armies of the civil war.They speak to the ethnic integration of the village, as citizens from various backgrounds and descents - free Afro-Americans, White European immigrants and Native Americans – all worked, lived and interacted with each other on a daily basis."The tintypes for me represent the legacy of the diversity of Sag Harbor," says Donnamarie Barnes, who is the project director and photo curator of an exhibit of these photographs at the Eastville Community Historical Society."The residents of Eastville were represented by three cultures and they lived together and were a part of each other’s lives.They were homeowners and as in the Green family many of the women in the community never married.They did however own their own homes and property and worked for themselves either as domestic workers or seamstresses," Barnes says. Y." – unveils a fascinating detail: the identity of the photographer. Howard was a local from the historic section of Eastville who operated a photography studio in Sag Harbor.There is handy chart on telling images apart in my FAQ section.