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Tiny portraits called gems were about ten cents per dozen. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STORAGE AND HANDLING: Tintypes are commonly cracked from the varnish overcoat.The average price of tintypes, from the inception of the process in 1856 to its fade-out by World War II was ten to twenty five cents for an image the size of a playing card. Some images get bent and this bent area exposes the iron plate underneath, and are commonly rusted in these areas.At such permanent locations as the Boardwalk at Asbury Park or Atlantic City, New Jersey, or in the streets leading to the views at Niagara Falls, tintypists established permanent galleries equipped with painted backgrounds suggestive of the locale.Identifying Tintype: The tintype was made the same way as the ambrotype, with the exception of the iron sheet base apposed to glass.
They are stamped "Neff's Melainotype Pat 19 Feb 56" along one edge.Civil War Period: 1861-1865 - Tintypes of this time are primarily on--sixth Plate and one-fourth plate and are often datable by the Potter's Patent paper holders, adoned with patriotic stars and emblems, that were introduced during the period.After 1863 the paper holders are embossed rather than printed.Sizes range from one-sixth plate to full plate (see appendix El.Many are found in gilt frames or in the leather or plastic (thermomolded) cases of the earlier ambro-types.