The first tintype pictures two gentlemen in an "outdoor" setting with a painted background sitting on and standing next to a wood prop with a grass foreground. Their clothes and hats put the date somewhere between 1890's to 1900's. Photography at the time had made great advances from the early ambrotypes and daguerreotypes to the tintypes which were much easier to produce and cost a fraction of what their predecessors did, so it is not surprising that having one's portrait taken became commonplace by this time. The most popular settings were pastoral and interior views. The second tintype is that of a gentleman seated on a chair with a painted background and a rather shabby rug at his feet. He holds his hat on top of a book in his lap and is wearing a pair of riding boots. Both tintypes are in good condition considering their age; the first one measures 2 3/4" by 4" and the second one measures
2 1/2" by 3 1/2".
Two Tintypes Circa 1900