Item #18625 19th Century Tintype of Young African American Boy Following Emancipation. Photography African American.

19th Century Tintype of Young African American Boy Following Emancipation

African American, Photography

Original Photo

A young African American boy full body studio tintype portrait. 19th Century. Tintype photo. Measures 2.5 x 3.5". Image shows a young African American boy dressed in a suit jacket, short trousers, long socks, and leather lace-up boots, typical of of mid 1800s children's fashion. He stands in front of a studio backdrop that mimics a forest scene with floral shrubbery vignette. He rests his hand on a prop boulder and looks directly into the lens with a relaxed expression on his face. Tintypes, original photographic images printed on thin sheets of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel, were invented in 1855 and popularized through the early 1860s to 1880. These portraits come from a time just after emancipation when African Americans were creating new lives for themselves. Photography was one way to commemorate freedom and memorialize prosperity, the formerly impossible made possible. Right corner clipped, overall very good condition.

Item #18625

Price: $385.00