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Hello, I am writing an article on what I am calling the 'Abused Tintype' - short bit of explanatory blurb below:

"The Abused Tintype: The Tintype was a form of early photography that was extremely popular in the mid nineteenth century. It was cheap to produce and versatile enough to be sent in the post as the image was printed onto Japanned metal. However, partly due to its versatility it also became the first form of photography that could survive having its surface scratched into, bearing the physical marks of peoples emotional pain in the19th century."

I am looking for Tintypes from any region that may have had hands or faces scratched out or anything else that might bear the physical impression of violent emotion. 

Any that are published I will of course credit their owners.

Feel free to post below or get in touch at

Many thanks.

Gavin Maitland.

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Comment by Gavin Maitland on July 28, 2015 at 13:23

thanks Lisa, but i think that is either accidental (probably as a result of poor storage) or an attempt at cleaning the plate.

Comment by Lissa Mitchell on July 25, 2015 at 10:57
Comment by Lissa Mitchell on July 25, 2015 at 10:56

might not be emotional enough for you but a fascinating image:

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Comment by Tony Richards on July 21, 2015 at 18:34

Blimey thats a great plate... I'll have a look through to see what Ive got.

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