tHE fERROTYPE: 1856-1900
Also called melainotype or more often tintype, was America’sA first major contribution to the art of photography. These tintypes were made in the same way as an ambrotype except that a thin piece of black enameled iron was used in place of glass. Like the ambrotype, the image is reversed.
Ferrotypes were made from thumbnail size to as large as 11”x14”. With the introduction of multi-lensed cameras with sliding backs in the early 1860’s, the more typical small sizes were made in volume. These were usually mounted in card mounts of the popular cart-de-visite size.
Being on a metal plate with its surface varnished, ferrotypes have proven to be very durable. The ferrotype superseded the ambrotype by the end of the Civil War and went on to become 19th century America’s favorite quick picture.
In 2018, H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum developed a unique photographic opportunity called the TinType Experience. This opportunity allows guests to have their “portrait struck” in a historic photography studio, complete with historically accurate sights and smells. New for 2020 is DigiType Photograph.