More images for the site

A good weekend produced a dozen more illustrations for the site (Cambridge Family History Society Fair and a Stamp and Postcard fair at St Ives) – but postcard prices seem crazily high. What to do with a couple of unknown and unidentifiable and unloved tintypes is a problem. They seem to keep their detail better than cartes de visite even as they start to decompose and rust away. I got quite excited by the one below which had the remains of a paper mount with it with writing on – but this just proved to be a date – August 18th 1887 – so probably a tintype produced by a traveling photographer at a fair somewhere. The work of these tintype photographers will largely be completely unrecognised and uncredited – at least a scan preserves the image for posterity.

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