Tintype of Two African American Ladies with Niagara Falls Backdrop [n.d.]
- Media Type
- Item Type
- Two women sit in front of a painted backdrop of Niagara Falls in this undated black and white tintype photograph. The women and the photographer are unidentified. Both women are wearing hats and one woman has a parasol. This small tintype was in the possession of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, Ontario. The Sloman Bell families are descended from former American slaves who later settled in Canada.
- "Tintypes were the invention of Prof. Hamilton Smith of Ohio. They begin as thin sheets of iron, covered with a layer of black paint. This serves as the base for the same iodized collodion coating and silver nitrate bath used in the ambrotype process. First made in 1856, millions were produced well into the twentieth century. When tintypes were finished in the same sorts of mats and cases used for ambrotypes, it can be almost impossible to distinguish which process was used without removing the image to examine the substrate."
Source: American Museum of Photography
- Date of Publication
- Rick Bell Family Fonds - RG 63
- Language of Item
- Copyright Statement
- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
- Recommended Citation
- RG 63 Rick Bell Family fonds, Brock University Archives, Brock University.
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