Visit to the Exhibition
"I visited the exhibition today and found
about 80 tintypes, all framed. around the walls of one of the rooms, with
captions below them.
Most were 1/6 plate, about 3 ins x 2.5 ins.
Some were gem size - no larger than about 1 ins x 1 ins, but mounted onto
carte de visite size cards so that they could be fitted into Victorian
Inevitably, being tintypes, they appeared
rather dull on the wall, and not as bright as other types of photo would
have been, and in many cases, neither the names of the sitters nor the
names of the photographers was known.
Nevertheless, it was interesting to see the
photos and to read the short informative captions under them. These
captions referred to some of the items captured in the photos - both
intended and otherwise - and gave a greater understanding of the
photographers and their work.
The usual charge for a tintype photo was 1d
(one old penny). This was much cheaper than cartes de visite - the
usual size of studio portraits in the Victorian era. Some
photographers offered both tintypes and cartes de visite."
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: June 29,