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Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« on: Wednesday 28 June 06 18:49 BST (UK) »
Hi there,

I have this photo which is on tin, which I think is a negative  :-\  It dosn't seem to scan very good, at least I don't have the talents to make it scan good.

Does anyone know what year it may be from?

Thanks,
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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 22:05 BST (UK) »
Hi Karen  :)

Yes, it's a negative - but it was taken on a black-painted metal plate, so it looks positive.  The method is called "direct-positive" and the type of photo is a "tintype" AKA "ferrotype".

They were introduced in the 1850s and were used right through to the early 20th century.  I can't see enough of your lady's clothes to make a good guess at the age of this one, though.

I've had quite good results from scanning tintypes - can you try yours again, at a resolution around 300 dpi?  Do a preview scan first, and see what the contrast is like...the current scan looks like it's at very low contrast.

Give us a yell if it's not working for you and we'll try to help!  :D

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 22:06 BST (UK) »
P.S. At a stab I'd say it's 1860s - need to see it bigger and more detail to be sure, though.

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 22:14 BST (UK) »
Hi Karen, I just did a quick readjustment of level and contrast. As Prue says you can sort this out at the scanning stage or in a graphics program.

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 22:19 BST (UK) »
Here's another go at it.....

Prue thanks so much for the information.  Any suggestions on how I should preserve it for future?

Gadet, that looks just like the original in my hand, thanks very much, I'm not to computer savvy when it comes to scanning and such  :-[

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 22:24 BST (UK) »
Hi Karen

Here we are again

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Needs a bit of restoration work though!
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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 28 June 06 23:24 BST (UK) »
Good work, Karen and Gadget  :D

Revised date:  first half of 1870s.  At least that's what the lady's clothing suggests to me.  It could be later but she does look like a fashionable gal  :D

Re. preserving:  you need to be able to stop the plate from flexing, so keeping it wrapped in good-quality paper, and lying it flat in a box is a good way to keep it safe.  Alternatively you could have it framed by a very good framer (look for someone specialising in Conservation Framing) who knows what they are doing with old photos such as this.  They will probably sink it into a card mount and then put it in a frame, so it's not glued to anything, and is nice and stable and well-protected.

The emulsion on these photos is generally pretty stable, but it's very prone to scratching (as you can see from your own) but the bases are made of iron, so they can rust.  Keep it somewhere dry and cool and you shouldn't have any problems.

Hope that helps  :)

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 29 June 06 02:20 BST (UK) »
Here is a more viewable image, but had to keep it smaller
or risk loss of definition.

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Re: Help Please with a Tin Plate Photo
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 29 June 06 02:27 BST (UK) »



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