Unidentified Boy and Toy Train (United States, about 1850)


Figure 1.-- There is no information associated with this American tintype. The toy train and the boy's clothes suggest the late-1850s to us, possibly the early 60s. The boy has short hair. Notice it is parted on the right and at an angle. He wears a blouse with a ruffled collar and a small blue bow. The colors used for tinting are not very reliable. Note the wonderful toy train.

There is no information associated with this American tintype. The toy train and the boy's clothes suggest the late-1850s to us, possibly the early 60s. The tintype process appeared in the mid-50s so this portrait could not have been taken before the mid-50s. The poseing rather suggests that used in the 1850s or early 60s for dags. Thus it seems a reasonable date range for this portrait. The boy has short hair. Notice it is parted on the right and at an angle. He wears a blouse with a ruffled collar and a small blue bow. The colors used for tinting are not very reliable. The use of blue, however, probably suggests that this color was in use. Whether it was what this boy actually wore, we are not sure. His checked cut-away jacket has sleeves cut just below the elbow. Note how the blouse sleeves blouse out. The buttons on his button-on pants are covered by a waist band. Note the jacket and pants do not match. It is likely that the train is a studio prop, but it is a wondeful image of a period toy--and a toy any boy at the time would have given his eye tooth to have.






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