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Don Clark

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I have an old, very old metal photo from the 1800's. The person in the photo may or may not be famous. I have attempted to get someone to look at it that has expertise in old photos.

Some background. My Grand Father(No, not great grandfather) fought in the Civil War. I have documentation of that as my Grand mother received a Civil War Pension until her death in the 1940's. My father was 71 when he died in 1945. I was 9 years old. I am stating this so the lineage makes sense. I am the last of 9-10 children. The phot0 was passed down to me by my father but I have no clue who this might be. I apid an online photo appraiser a few dollars but havenever heard back. Any help would be appreciated. It could be someone famous or jsu a family member.
 

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techbiker

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I have an old, very old metal photo from the 1800's. The person in the photo may or may not be famous. I have attempted to get someone to look at it that has expertise in old photos.

Some background. My Grand Father(No, not great grandfather) fought in the Civil War. I have documentation of that as my Grand mother received a Civil War Pension until her death in the 1940's. My father was 71 when he died in 1945. I was 9 years old. I am stating this so the lineage makes sense. I am the last of 9-10 children. The phot0 was passed down to me by my father but I have no clue who this might be. I apid an online photo appraiser a few dollars but havenever heard back. Any help would be appreciated. It could be someone famous or jsu a family member.

Hi Don,

I was waiting for someone with more experience to reply to your post. Since it has been a week, I'll throw in my 2 cents.

Believe it or not, tintypes were very common in the mid 1800's. I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but chances are the photo is not of anyone famous. You can buy them on Ebay for a few dollars.

P.S. Wow! It's really cool that you are only a couple generations removed from a Civil War veteran. Did you ever get to speak with your Grandfather before he died? Did your Grandmother ever speak about your Grandfather's experience in the Civil War?

People forget the significance of the Civil War. Our country is still affected today by the war's outcome. Before the war, people referred to the United States in the plural form. 1/4 of the white male fighting age population in the south died in the war. In absolute numbers more Americans died in the Civil War than in every other war combined.
 
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jay trotta

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Don, have you checked with anyone at the Antiques road show ? Very knowledgeable folks there, just a thought; that was Billy the kid era time.
 

Don Clark

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Don, have you checked with anyone at the Antiques road show ? Very knowledgeable folks there, just a thought; that was Billy the kid era time.

I plan to do that as soon as I get time to find a good contact. Old Grand Pa Clark, the Civil War Veteran lived most of his life in Texas so knew a lot of folks. I have compared the photo to him, my father, and my fathers brother. Do not look anything like any of them.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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I have loads of them.. Tintypes are very common from about the time of the Civil War to maybe 1890s and mostly gone after 1900. Have nary a clue who many are but were passed down in my family. Tintypes always seem to have clipped corners. img222c (Large).jpg img222d (Large).jpg I see them in flea markets, etc. and without any known person they are typically $5 - $20 each
 

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