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August 13, 2014

Sam Bloomer

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this tintype portrait of Samuel Bloomer, member of Company B of the First Minnesota. The tintype was a popular photographic method in the 1860s and 70s because it was fast to make, much cheaper than a daguerreotype and was relatively durable. The process was similar to the ambrotype, but instead of glass, the image is made on a black lacquered piece of iron.

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