What is a Tintype

WHAT IS A TINTYPE PHOTO?

A tintype is a one-­of-­a-­kind photographic image made on a thin sheet of metal using techniques popular during the 1860's and 1870's. Tintypes can be made into a variety of colors and styles with your images displayed on either a metal plate or a glass sheet for a truly unique display of your photo.
 
  • One-­of-­a-­kind Civil War era photograph
  • Made from silver on a thin sheet of metal called a plate
  • Images are captured in the camera while the plate is still wet with film

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WHAT IS A DIGITAL TINTYPE?

A Digital Tintype is a tintype made from a digital image making it a creative and unique way to preserve and display favorite images from your digital library or photo albums. Making a tintypes will guarantee your image will be visible for generations to come as a heirloom to be treasured and passed from parent to child.

  • Restore a family photo and preserve a family history
  • Create a family heirloom to be passed down for generations
  • Create a truly unique piece of jewelry

Digital Tintype Plate Styles

We offer two different plate styles for your digital tintype order.  These styles are: black and rose gold.  You must select one of these plate styles before adding an order to your cart.  Each one creates its own beautiful effect for your uploaded image.  Rose gold is highly reflective, and the black plate is a more matted surface and that of a traditional tintype.  To see video of how each style reflects light, click each of the links below.

Black Plate

Rose Gold

What people say about us

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From Newspaper clipping to Tintype, success!

All I had of my Great Great Grandmother was a Newspaper sketch in an article. It turned out just fabulous! Great job and something we can now keep forever! Thank you!

Sandra F.

12/30/15

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Great anniversary gift!

I had a tintype made of one of our wedding photos to give my husband for our tenth anniversary. It made a wonderful, unique "tin" anniversary present. Great people to work with--they made sure they got my tintype to me in time for our anniversary.

Diana O.

05/21/16

Upload a photo to make a Tintype from your favorite memory