tin·​type ˈtin-ˌtīp How to pronounce tintype (audio)

Examples of tintype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photographers eventually perfected sturdier tintypes – also unreproducible images on metal plates – and later revolutionized the medium with glass negatives that enabled multiple prints of the same image. Andrea Kaston Tange, The Conversation, 6 May 2024 Photographers were going out and loading their wagons up with tintypes, and heading off into the wild yonder and creating these amazing photographs. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 Neither Drew nor Janisse could believe the 9-year-old boy’s resemblance to his ancestor in that black-and-white tintype photo. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 Passages Radcliffe Bailey, an artist whose sculptural assemblages included his grandmother’s tintypes, and who chronicled the narratives of Black life, has died at 54. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2023 In 2014, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C. acquired a tintype portrait. Nora Mathison, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2023 But that tintype stands as a testament, not just to the life of Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser, but to this small cohort of Black women who, in a fortuitous moment in history, became doctors just after the Civil War. Nora Mathison, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2023 Saturday-Monday, July 22-24: Vintage tintype photography sessions, conducted by Westslope Tintype. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 July 2023 Lines gathered outside a stand that sold newsboy caps and another that offered on-site tintype portraits. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 20 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tintype was in 1864

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“Tintype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tintype. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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tin·​type -ˌtīp How to pronounce tintype (audio)
: an early photograph consisting of a positive image taken directly on a thin iron plate having a darkened surface

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