Art, history, chemistry, & fun; my Model T Tintype Project is to build a tintype photo studio on the bed of my 1919 Model T truck
Model T Tintypes Project
What the Model T Tintypes Project is aboutMy project is to build a mobile tintype photography studio on the bed of my 1919 Model T truck. This way I can travel to schools, museums, and historical events and share the chemistry, the history, the art, and the fun of tintype photography with people all over the country. My tintypes are the real thing (not digital photography) made with equipment and processes used during the Civil War and the early American cowboy era.
What is a tintype photograph you ask?Well, I will let you in on a secret – the secret is that you have seen tintype photographs many times before! You are familiar of course with the American Civil War and the early American cowboys. The wonderful pictures that you have seen of Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses Grant, the epic pictures of the American Plains Indians, and early cowboys images were all made using what was called the wet plate collodion process – more commonly known as tintypes!
How is a tintype made?Making tintypes requires a bit of history, chemistry, and art. The wonderful black and white tones that we all love in authentic old images made in the 1800s were made through the wet plate collodion process. Take a look at my video to view the actual process in action. The process of actually making the picture takes about 15 minutes; that is once you have acquired all of the equipment and mixed all of the chemistry!
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How to participate in the Model T Tintypes ProjectI have been tintyping for years and have created hundreds of remarkable images; but up to now have only been able to share the wonderful imagery around my own home town. It would certainly be fulfilling to have my 1919 truck teamed up with tintyping in order to create a visually exciting experience. You can participate by selecting one of the rewards listed below. Also, when you get the time, email me and tell me when you would like to come by for a personal sitting near Kansas City, KS.
Thanks for your supportI appreciate you backing my Model T Tintypes project very much. Making tintype images is a time-consuming endeavor that requires a great deal of equipment and supplies. Kudos to those photographers from the 1800s who were able to bring those iconic images to us from the Civil War and early cowboy era.
With your support, I will be able to take my tintyping on the road in a style that will intrigue chemists, historians, artists, and photographers in a new and exciting way. I currently put on seminars at schools, local clubs, and back yard parties. Going to schools allows me to share a bit of real chemistry, artistry, history, and fun with students and teachers. Your support for my project makes this even better! Thanks!!
Rewards You can back my Model T Tintypes Project by taking a look at the nice rewards that I will make for you using authentic wet plate collodion processes and the equipment that you saw me use in the video.
$25 or more
A one-of-a-kind vintage tintype (approx. 3 x 2 inches) mounted in a replica Civil War era presentation folder.
$35 or more
Model T Tintypes t-shirt with the distinctive logo; you will look great and all your friends will ask “What is a Model T Tintype?
$45 or more (limit 74)
A one-of-a-kind vintage tintype (approx. 3 x 2 inches) mounted in an authentic 1929 presentation folder.
$85 or more
A tintype (approx. 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches) image made from your favorite photograph that you email to us.
$150 or more (limit 30)
A one-of-a-kind tintype (3 x 3¼ inches) made especially for you and mounted in a replica Civil War era Daguerreotype presentation case; I will personally make a tintype for you using the equipment you saw in my video.
$300 or more
A tintype (approx. 4 x 6 inches) image made from your favorite photograph that you email to us mounted in an authentic 1929 presentation folder.
$500 or more
Two tintype (approx. 4 x 6 inches) images made from your favorite photographs that you email to us in attractive presentation folders.
$1,000 or more
A day-long seminar just for you and your significant other when you visit the Kansas City area – we will explore the wet plate collodion process from soup to nuts and you will depart richer in experience and have all the tintypes and ambrotypes that we can make - yahoo!
What I am using the funds for:
I already know how to use the antique equipment and processes to make tintype images and have acquired much of the equipment and cameras. The funds from the Model T Tintypes Project are going to be used to:
• Create a mobile studio on the bed of my 1919 Ford truck; this is going to require construction of the studio including design, shelving, painting, plumbing, electricity, internal containers for chemical, supplies, period clothing, equipment, and cameras
• Acquire sufficient chemicals, tin plates, vintage clothing, and other antique or replica equipment required to make the Model T Tintypes studio into a reality
• Grow my capability so that everyone can enjoy authentic (not digital) tintype photographs made from their own favorite photos
If You Beat Your Goal?
Wow, just think of all the schools and events that I can visit! Fact is, if you go over the goal by a bunch, I am going to create a wet plate collodion studio in an antique electric powered truck. Model T Tintypes might be going green!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.