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James and Arthur Johnston (#11a) - work in progress
ca. 1878, restored 2005 Cliff. Johnston

James and Arthur Johnston (#11a) - work in progress

Plantagenet, Ontario, CANADA

This tintype is one that is in very poor condition - a toss up among this, #28 & #40 of all of the photographs in the Johnston Family Album. It has been a very difficult restoration job - very, very time consuming, and it's nowhere close to being finished. Fortunately, as I rescued the images it became apparent who the boys were - my great grandfather James and his younger brother Arthur.

Dating? The well-defined side part in the hair with the hair just slightly over the ears, scarf-type tie, 3-button jackets missmatched with the pants and loose-fitting sleeves indicate somewhere around 1875-80. Fortunately their brother William and sister Mary had a photograph taken which was put in the same type of holder and dated 1878. The only difference is the backgrounds which may indicate that this photo was done slightly later, even if only time enough for the new background to have arrived and be hung.

This image is from an original tintype photograph which was scanned, emailed to me, and restored in 2005. The tintype image measures 2-3/16"x3-5/8" while the paper holder measures 2-7/16"x3-15/16" hide exif
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See Why See25-May-2005 19:51
So the upper part is restored?