Tintype Photo

Studio Portrait  -  Model T Ford

Photo 1


Tintype Photograph from the USA, featuring a Model T Ford

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Julie Johnson, Utah, USA

Photo 2

The same car and background

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Diane Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


USA Tintype Photos

Tintype photos were popular over a longer period in the USA than in the UK. Some of the USA tintypes that I have been told about were produced in larger sizes than I have seen for UK tintypes

Photo 1

The car in Photo 1 above is a studio prop, a model of a Model T Ford.  This photo was sent to me by Julie Johnson of Utah who believes that it comes from a studio in Arizona, or possibly California

Other Transport

I have seen other transport props and backdrops used for cabinet prints

 Cabinet Print by Philip E Low, of a group in a studio boat in front of a backdrop of the Forth Bridge  

 and postcard portraits

 Post Card Portraits  -  Claude Low           0_post_card_portraits_-_low_plane.jpg (11210 bytes)

from Edinburgh studios, but I have not seen any other tintypes using the same props as in Photo 1 above.


Do you know which studio this photograph may have come from or when it might have been taken?  Do you have any other comments on the photo.

If so, please e-mail me and I will pass your comments on to the owner.  Thank you. 

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 30, 2006




Diane Hall

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Thank you to Diane Hall for replying to the question above, about six years after the original question was asked.  I've sent a message to Julie Johnson in Utah to let her know about this reply, and hope that she receives it.

Diane Hall wrote

Photo 2

Model T Ford

"I found Photo 1 while on Google images and noticed that the background was the same as my Photo 1 at the top of this page.

 You can tell the owner of Photo 1 that my photo was taken in San Francisco around 1910?  The little girl in the car was my grandmother and she was born in 1905."

I don't know the name of the photographer."

Diane Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: May 8, 2012

A Few Questions

I've thanked Diane Hall for sending Photo 2, and have asked her more about the photo, which I suspect is not a tintype***.  I've asked if it is printed on paper, it it is mounted and what size it is.

I think it likely that the studio prop (the Model T Ford) and the backdrop would have been produced and distributed commercially, and bought by many studios in America.  Perhaps somebody else will email me to confirm this or suggest otherwise.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 9, 2012


*** I was wrong; it is a tintype.  See Reply 2 below.  The photo looks brighter than I would have expected for a tintype, though I admit that a little of the brightness comes from my use of Photoshop to restore the photo.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 9, 2012




Diane Hall

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Thank you to Diane Hall for writing again with more information about her Photo 2.

Diane wrote

Photo 2

Model T Ford

"The photo was a small tintype, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. The backdrop is Cliff House. I found on the web that Cliff House was rebuilt 3 times so it is possible to date the photographs by the backdrop.

I have other tintypes with the other backdrops of Cliff House. I just recently found this out. After I saw your photo I Googled tintypes and found the Cliff House website."

Diane Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: May 10, 2012