Tintype Parlor = Faux Vintage Fun

by Sally J.

in Free Articles / Blog, Uncategorized

Holy beautiful anachronism, Batman! I just learned you can buy a kit and make your own tintype photographs. It’s called “Tintype Parlor” and here’s the description:


An authentic re-creation of the tintype process, a type of “instant” photography that was popular in your great-grandparent’s day. These are authentic dry-plate tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, like those found in antique shops– not modern imitations. Plates are thin enough to cut with scissors to fit inside any camera. The kit contains everything you need to make tintypes (called ambrotypes if coated on glass.)

“Tintype Parlor” contains 5 metal plates size 4×5 inches plus emulsion, tintype reversal developer and fixer…….. $30.00

Rockland Colloid, Inc.


Let’s make a pact to create faux vintage tintypes. We’ll confound future generations with 2007 tintypes of iPods, 8-tracks and steampunk computers. C’mon, it’ll make a great bit on Antiques Roadshow someday.

For definitions of tintypes and ambrotypes, choose a source: SAA Glossary; Wikipedia; Antiques Roadshow.
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{ 2 comments }

Trevira June 9, 2007 at 8:25 am

OK, I’ve found it. Courtesy of the excellent Photojojo blog, there are several DIY camera project links there, including one made of a Spam can (the Spamera!)

http://photojojo.com/content/diy/pinhole-cameras-paper-altoids-spam/

Trevira June 9, 2007 at 8:18 am

What a great idea! I love the idea of contemporary people and things rendered in tintype, and the confusion it might cause later.

I wonder about the exposure time – is it only good for composed portraits rather than faster moving, more fleeting subjects?

Plus, no matter how small you can cut the plates, I still don’t think I’ll fit one in my digital point’n'shooter!

Maybe I should make a pinhole camera . . .

On that subject, I found a link for a pdf you could download of a fabulous cut and paste pinhole camera – will report back when I find it again!

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