are sometimes mounted in cases but can be readily
distinguished from daguerreotypes by their non-reflective
surface. The image has less contrast. Sometimes
ripples in the metal are visible. They vary in
size-from tiny gem pictures of 1/2 square inch
or less to 8x10 inches. Color pigment was often
applied. They can be found in cases but most often
found in paper enclosures, loose or in albums.
care should be used when handling tintypes. There
are several ways to house tintypes.
* Lightly dust tintype with a soft clean brush.
* Store in a four flap acid free folder (transfer all documentation to folder).
* Place tintype horizontally in a small acid free box with a lid or folders.
* Albums shoud be wrapped in acid-free paper or placed on acid-free box of
in a cool, dry, and dark area where temperature
and humidity do not fluctuate.
(Ideal temperatures are 65° - 68° F and 40%-50% RH)