© 2012 Fourtoes OldTinBaby

Big baby

And when I say big I’m referring to the size of the plate. This ones whole plate but I’m curious to the date of its origin as its not the greatest of shots.

Its very informal with a very shallow depth of field and almost looks like its sitting on a 70’s sofa even though its dressed in Victorian-ish clothing?
Maybe a relative of the baby was a photographic enthusiast and was dabbling with wet plate? Its very odd and different from the other plates I’ve been collecting.

If anyone has any thoughts on it just let me know.


Whole plate tintype (6½” x 8½”)



  1. Rob Durn
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM | #

    When I was at college in Ashton u Lynne in 1971 we often saw a man producing tin types portraits on Ashton Market. As students we laughed at such old techniques. I never found his name or if he made any money at it. I am sure other workers must have kept the process going during that period.

  2. Posted December 11, 2012 at 7:55 AM | #

    HI Rob,

    They was dry plate tintypes for a while, I’ve seen come examples from the 30’s/40’s but never anything as late a s the 70’s. Wold love to know if there are any around.

    Good to hear from you,


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