I had a few tintypes (image is actually a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron metal) in my box of photos. At one time I almost tossed them because they were blackened, somewhat bent, and it was quite difficult to even see the image. The other day I decided to scan them and do my best to try to restore them. Surprisingly, I was able to recreate the image even though it is still somewhat blurry, spotted and shadowy. This is probably the best of the lot, but I'm going to try to scan, restore and scrap all of them.
Tintypes were often taken at amusement parks, carnivals, fairs, etc. They were often taken in period costumes against a backdrop. This is a photo of my grandmother (front right) and some of her friends. It was taken circa 1913, so I believe that it may have actually been taken at the beach and that they were wearing their own bathing suits. My other tintypes are all with obviously costumes.