The Latimer Collection contains many old family photographs all taken in different photography mediums. Most of the photographs have names, but unfortunately some do not. We have posted all of them in hopes that someone will be able to identify them.
Every photograph will have some connection to the Latimer Family. We have been able to clean up most of the photographs and will show you both the before and after of those photographs.
Surnames found in the photographs are: Anier; Boyd; Davenport; Davis; Dixie; Latimer; Moffat; Percival; Phillips; Tennant; Towriso; Wright.
The Ambrotype Photograph
The ambrotype process is a photographic process that creates a positive photographic image on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process. It was invented by Frederick Scott Archer in the early 1850s, then patented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting of Boston, in the United States.
During the 1860’s it was superseded by the tintype, a similar photograph on thin black laquered iron.
The Ambrotype is a reverse image of the subject.
The Tintype Photograph
A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal (iron) 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.
Hand Colouring of Photographs
Refers to any method of manually adding colour to a black and white photograph, generally either to heighten the realism of the photograph or for artistic purposes. Hand-colouring is also known as hand painting or over-painting.
Typically watercolours, oils, crayons or pastels are applied to the image surface. Hand-coloured photographs were most popular in the mid to late 19th century before the invention of colour photography.
Carte de Visite
The carte de visite (French for Visiting Card) was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris in 1854. It was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite is 2.125” X 3.5” mounted on a card.
Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlours. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons.
By the early 1870s, carte de visites were supplanted by “Cabinet Cards”.