Keeping their memories alive

Where do I go from here for the next 10 years?


That’s the filename for this tintype photo.

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Interesting tintype photo isn’t? 

I am not an expert so I will let Wikipedia tell you all about tintype photos…

tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st.

Tintype portraits were at first usually made in a formal photographic studio, like daguerreotypes and other early types of photographs, but later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals, as well as by itinerant sidewalk photographers. Because the lacquered iron support (there is no actual tin used) was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.

The tintype photograph saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type. It was introduced while the daguerreotype was still popular, though its primary competition would have been the ambrotype.

The tintype saw the Civil War come and go, documenting the individual soldier and horrific battle scenes. It captured scenes from the Wild West, as it was easy to produce by itinerant photographers working out of covered wagons.

It began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality albumen prints on paper in the mid-1860s, yet survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty. [1]

The tintype’s immediate predecessor, the ambrotype, was done by the same process of using a sheet of glass as the support. The glass was either of a dark color or provided with a black backing so that, as with a tintype, the underexposed negative image in the emulsion appeared as a positive. Tintypes were sturdy and did not require mounting in a protective hard case like ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.

Scan008men is part of the collection of my third cousin Joe whom I visited a few times. I wish I could visit him in Plainville, Connecticut every week and eat at Timothy’s Tavern. 

Joe and I met on my old blog which I had first started on le Cyber Journal back in 2008. Joe had left a comment if I remember correctly. Meeting Joe in real life was a treasure trove in 2011. Thanks to my old blog I had find someone deeply interested in genealogy and old photos. I had written 505 posts when the website that was hosting my blog ceased its activity. I just had to find another way to write about Nos ancêtres. 

This is how I found WordPress in 2009.

If Joe was the first person to share old photos with me, he was not the last one. This is why I call them my A-Team.

The A-Team

The story is all in here for you to find out using the search button.

Scan008men is about three men lost in time…and I have no idea who they are.

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Joe had also these tintype photos…

This one is about one of Joe’s paternal grandfather. That we are sure of.

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Joseph Terrien, 89 of 12 North Street, one of the oldest French residents of this city, died this morning at his home, following a lingering illness. Mr. Terrien was born November 18,1865, at Alburg, Vt., a son of Gilbert and Margaret (Alexander) Terrien, and formerly resided at Adams, Mass. He came to this city 61 years ago and had always resided at the North Side. In 1944 he was retired from the New Departure Division of General Motors Corporation where he had been employed for 43 years in the coster brake department. Previously he had been employed for 18 years in the case shop of the E. Ingraham Company. Mr Terrien was a member of St. Ann’s Church, of which he was one of the first members of the congregation which sponsored the church here, and was a charter member of the Good Fellows’ Club at New Depatrure. He is survived by a son, Superintendent of Public Charities Joseph D. Terrien of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Edna Christian of Torrington; six grandchildren three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from the Dunn Funeral Home 191 West Street, Friday morning at 8 o’clock and in St. Ann’s Church at 9 o’clock where a solemn high Mass of requiem will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s new cemetery. Friends may call this evening, and Thursday afternoon and evening.

All the unidentified people on these tintype photos have to be related somehow.

But how?

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scan0008 baby

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scan0005 young child

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scan0002two women



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In 2027 we will probably find out who these people were.

2 thoughts on “Keeping their memories alive

  1. What a fascinating article, with incredible photos! I’m sure you will eventually solve this family mystery, as you have so many others. I am looking for help with accessing records from Plainville, Connecticut, which you mentioned in this post. My father’s family moved from Stanbridge, Quebec, to Bristol, Connecticut. Bristol is where they finally settled, though they seem to have resided previously in Waterbury and Plainville, Connecticut. They arrived in CT sometime in the 1870s.
    My grandfather’s WWI record states that he was born in Plainville, Connecticut, on October 1, 1892. I believe his full name was Joseph Ludger Alfred Valentine, but he always went by Ludger A. Valentine. Here’s my question: I’ve never been able to find any personal records for Ludger Valentine on, apart from census records and town directory records. I just found out that he was born in Plainville. If I wanted to find his birth record from Plainville, do you know where I might look? Would I need to check church baptismal records, or do you know if the town of Plainville keeps vital records? Any information would be appreciated. Best, Carol Valentine

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