This was tucked into the back of the Nettie Parks album.
This is a “Gem” tintype. It is called a gem because of it’s size. The tintype is 1 inch by 1 1/4 inch. The card measures 1 3/4 inch by 2 3/4 inches. Gems are sometimes said to be the size of a postage stamp.
Sometimes when a tintype was made a multiplying camera was used, more lenses were added to the camera box and many images could be created at once. They were cut apart and put into folders, locket or frames. You would have a number of images to share with friends and family..or to mail to family far away.
I have looked and looked at this image..tintypes were popular from 1860 to 1900. I think it is a boy, either with long hair or sitting in a strange chair. What do you think?
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