In 1975, Mother Earth News published an article about photographer Doug Elbinger who was making a living with dry-plate tintype portraits. It seems that Elbinger also was in the business of helping others set up dry-plate tintype operations as you can see form this paragraph in the article:

If you choose, Doug can send someone to your location-at your expense-to teach you the rudiments of the business. Or you can spend a weekend working at the Harpers Ferry establishment. Elbinger prefers the latter approach because it allows better instruction (and gives him a chance to get acquainted with others who want to make tintypes). Several “graduates” of the training program, incidentally, are already running their own studios-at Nashville, Indiana; Georgetown, a section of Washington D.C.; Alexandria, Virginia; and Scottsdale, Arizona-and a couple more former students are on the road with mobile operations.

I wonder what happened to those dry-plate portraits made in the mid 70’s?

Read all about the “19th century business you can start today”……


~ by Phil Nesmith on September 22, 2007.

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