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These usually show people in festive or posed settings, and may be in a colorful sleeve.
Most tintypes are found loose today, because their paper sleeves have deteriorated or they were removed from albums.
The vast majority of antique photographs taken in the 19th century were one of the following types.
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The mat and preserver characteristics described for ambrotypes is applicable to tintypes. The exception is the smaller images, 1/9th plates and gem sizes, that were taped into window-like holders. Tintypes were packaged in cases up to the very early 1860s. These were thin cards with a window, usually oval, cut out, with an ornate design printed simulating a picture frame.