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Portrait of a Fireman

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unknown photographer, Portrait of a Fireman, ca. 1860, tintype, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, no known copyright restrictions, 1997.58.143

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Title

Portrait of a Fireman

Artist

unknown photographer

Date

ca. 1860

Medium

tintype

Dimensions (H x W x D)

case: 4 in x 2 5/8 in x 3/4 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.143

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

firefighters

photographs

portraits

tintypes

Description

Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes were some of the first photographic processes used in the United States after photography’s invention in the mid-nineteenth century. Thanks to mass production of supplies and low costs, these fagile, cased images were circulated by the millions. The most popular subject of these small photographs was the portrait. Sitters typically wore their finest clothing when having a likeness made, but many—such as this firefighter—chose to wear outfits or pose with props that symbolized a profession or hobby.

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