March 6, 2008


You may come across a thin 2¼ by 3½ inch metal with an image barely visible. This is a tintype. This was a widely used photo process used in the mid to late 19th century. In many cases this may be the only picture of an individual.
These images can be scanned and restored giving us a window into the past. After scanning the contrast of the image is adjusted using a photo editing program like Photo Shop to bring out the image. The tintype plates are more often than not scratched and damaged. The photo editing software can then be used to retouch and restore the image.

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