Question: How do you display tintypes?

A tintype may be stored in an acid-free paper folder or envelope, or wrapped in acid-free tissue and placed in a storage box. Its best to keep it lying flat. For display, the tintype should be supported evenly on a mount or lie flat.

How do you frame a tintype photo?

HOW SHOULD I FRAME, DISPLAY, HANG MY TINTYPE? We recommend you frame your tintype behind UV glass and not display it in direct sunlight. The image on the plate is delicate, so frames with thick photo mats or shadowboxes are ideal. You can also use a variety of display stands.

How do you display daguerreotypes?

Daguerreotypes are easily identified by a mirror-like, highly polished silver surface and its dually negative/positive appearance when viewed from different angles or in raking light. Daguerreotypes are typically housed in miniature hinged cases made of wood covered with leather, paper, cloth, or mother of pearl.

Can tintypes be restored?

There is no negative in the tintype process, making each one a rare, one-of-a-kind photograph. Tintypes are valuable capsules of history and should only be directly worked on by an archival specialist. Today virtually all tintype images needing restoration are restored digitally on the computer.

What is the tintype process?

As a brief overview the tintype process involves obtaining suitable metal plates, cleaning and preparing their surface, spraying the plates with black spray paint and then coating them with light-sensitive emulsion and subsequently exposing the plate and developing it in special chemistry.

Are ambrotypes reversed?

Since ambrotypes and tintypes are direct positives, they often produce laterally reversed images.

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