Cabinet Cards The larger version of the carte-de-visite, these images were mounted on heavy card stock to keep the photos from curling.
These photographs were frequently displayed in cabinets or bookcases, hence the name.
Tintypes This inexpensive photo process was similar to the Ambrotype, but instead of using a glass plate, the tintype image was processed on a thin sheet of blackened iron – not tin.
The name might come from the fact that tin shears were used to cut the iron plate.
As I was perusing the different fabrics listed there were a few items I think needed to be mentioned to aid in dating vintage clothing as well.
The image is on a silver clad copper sheet which was then sealed inside a wooden case or a frame under glass to protect it.The elder man is wearing a collarless shirt — too bad, because it's easier to date men's collars and neckties.The younger man is not wearing a necktie, but his shirt has a pointed, flat collar. The tintype was taken in front of a painted background — hardly unusual for tintypes, but more likely found in St.Therefore the photo is more than likely Michael and Peter, perhaps taken before Peter left for Kansas to live with relatives, leaving Michael behind.Sometimes a good guess is as close as you'll get to the answers.