Two tintype stereographs taken at Saratoga Springs of Morton family.
[Saratoga Springs: ca. 1860-1875].
Tintype stereographs in card viewing sleeves with gilt paint frames; stamp on recto of one sleeve, "Taken at Saratoga Springs [...] by A.E. Alden, Artist. From Providence, R.I.". Images 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.; mounted in standard 3 x 7 card. In red cloth wallet, with original snap, gilt lettered "Dr. Lawrence J. Morton. Saratoga", with some internal wear; images fine with exceptional contrast for tintypes; sleeves in very good condition with just slight edgewear. Item #238022
Alden was active in the 1860's and 1870's with studios in Springfield, MA and Providence, RI. Here he captures members of the Morton family, in fine dress; they are most likely on holiday enjoying Saratoga's races and spas.
Iron was an unusual medium for the stereograph and is accordingly rare today. "The ferrotype [tintype] is the rarest form of stereograph" (Darrah, p. 16). A charming record of 19th century souvenir photography, complete with the original owner's wallet case.