Tintype: Boy on Hale Bale
Tintypes, or ferrotypes as they are formally known as, were an early version of an "instant" photograph. The iron (not tin) plate was coated with opaque black or brown lacquer or enamel, then coated with a wet collodion emulsion. After exposure, the photograph was developed immediately, making ferrotypes popular at fairs and other events where subjects would pose for their photograph. Since the exposure is made directly to the plate with no negative being used, each ferrotype is one of a kind and the image on the tintype is a mirror image of the actual subject. The image is also a negative, but appears positive because of the lacquer undercoating.
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