The handsomeness of the guy on the right was too much for his friend to handle. He could not hold still long enough to get a clear photo of his face. Which in turn, makes this photo all the more better.
This image is from 19th Century.
Please refer to photos for condition. Measures 2 5/16" X 3 1/4"
Sold as is.
Comes mailed with a 5 X 7 black cardstock backing that would look lovely in theBrass Hanging Frame.
Tintype portraits were at first usually made in a formal photographic studio, but later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals, as well as by itinerant sidewalk photographers. Because the lacquered iron support (there is no actual tin used) was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.
The tintype photograph saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type of the period.
It began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality albumen printson paper in the mid-1860s, yet survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty.