They remained popular into the 1900s and as late as the 1920s.

Tintypes in the USA were usually of a decent size (not like in the UK) and big enough to see some good detail.

”There is a lot of confusion over the types of images found in nineteenth century cases. Ambrotypes are on glass backed with a dark varnish. When the backing begins to flake off you can see through parts of the picture. Ambrotypes, patented in 1854, were widely available by 1856.

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They speak to the ethnic integration of the village, as citizens from various backgrounds and descents - free Afro-Americans, White European immigrants and Native Americans – all worked, lived and interacted with each other on a daily basis."The tintypes for me represent the legacy of the diversity of Sag Harbor," says Donnamarie Barnes, who is the project director and photo curator of an exhibit of these photographs at the Eastville Community Historical Society.

"The residents of Eastville were represented by three cultures and they lived together and were a part of each other’s lives.

Tin (or actually thin iron sheet) was cut to size by the photographers. This process was cheap, and the results could be mailed home without breaking.

Tintype cameras would normally hold a stack of unprocessed tin plates inside the camera.

It’s a lesson I hope we will celebrate through the exhibit." Too fragile to be exposed before a large crowd, the tintypes have been re-photographed, re-touched and made into new prints that will be presented until Oct. "I had no idea these images even existed and the first time I saw them, I was transfixed," she continues.

"My heart pounded and I just felt that this was the work I was meant to do.

They were homeowners and as in the Green family many of the women in the community never married.

They did however own their own homes and property and worked for themselves either as domestic workers or seamstresses," Barnes says. Y." – unveils a fascinating detail: the identity of the photographer. Howard was a local from the historic section of Eastville who operated a photography studio in Sag Harbor.

Tintypes were introduced commercially (by Americans) into the UK in the early 1870s and started off being very small (about 15mm across - the Gem; and 35mm across - the Victoria).

By the end of the decade they had become quite popular for the cheap end of the market and they were fitted into a card the same size as the ubiquitous Carte de Visite and therefore fitted nicely into family albums.

The latter seems to be the case for the 21 tintypes discovered in 1978 in the back bedroom of a cottage in the historic district of Eastville, Sag Harbor, N. Greg Therriault, the owner of the Ivy Cottage at that time, discovered what seemed to be pieces of iron nailed onto the wooden floorboards of a back bedroom.