Vintage Tuesday: Tintypes

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For Christmas Victor bought me 10 tintype photographs from the 1800’s to add to my vintage photography collection. We found these together while at a flea market back in earlier December. The vendor had a huge selection of random stuff and just sitting in a cigar box he had over 40 tintypes. Originally they were $10 per piece which is usually the average the price for them; however I wasn’t too keen on paying that much considering the obvious damage and scratches they had (it always makes me sad when I see photography not being stored properly). I decided to go through the pile and select all the ones I really thought had interesting characters or were more on the unusual side. I am fascinated by dead portraitures that were common in the tintype era, as well as ones featuring taxidermy animals. After picking these out we were able to haggle the guy down to $5 for each which was amazing. Sadly he didn’t have any information about where these were from or dates but judging by the material I would say they are from late 1800s or possibly earlier 1900s. I thought I’d share them with you as I find them fascinating to look at.  Victor’s favourite one is of the dead child and mine is of gentleman I’ve dubbed “Wolverine”. Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite, and if you have any tintypes yourself.

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Flea Market Finds

flee market finds (9)A few weekends ago Victor convinced me to go to St. Michel flea market on the hunt for all things vintage and wonderful so I thought I’d share with you some of my flee market finds. It was the first time we have ever went to this particular flee market and I think I’m in love. I didn’t bring my camera – thank god because I wouldn’t have taken photos as it’s wall to wall stuff. It’s hard to even move around in there as there are just so many different stalls and most of them are just filled to the brim with everything. So the photos are of all the bric-a-brac that I picked up (for some reason I thought I should just buy myself a ton of earlier Christmas presents). Most of it hasn’t found a permanent home yet…I think that’s the one big problem I have after I buy vintage stuff, where the F do I put this stuff? I should probably do a tour around my house at some point in time or show off some of my ‘collections’. I hesitate because it feels weird to have ‘collections’ of stuff just lying around my house.

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