GROUP OF IMAGES RELATED TO THE FAMOUS TIPTON FAMILY OF GETTYSBURG

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This is a lot of 11 images all believed to be of members of the William H. Tipton family. William H. Tipton was a local Gettysburg photographer who began his association with the battlefield at the age of 12 when he helped the Tyson brothers photograph the battlefield. Over the years Tipton became Gettysburg’s most influential businessman. This group of images came from a family member in Florida who was descended from William Tipton’s brother, John W. Tipton, who worked for years as a barber in Gettysburg. Not all the images are identified so more research is needed. The images in the group are:

 

1.)  Quarter-plate ambrotype of a man believed to be William H. Tipton. The facial hair and features match known photos of him. He is pictured seated with one arm resting on books on a table. He wears a dark civilian suit with a lighter colored outer jacket. His cheeks are lightly tinted. Image is very clear with good contrast. Image comes in complete cloth split case with brass frame and mat.

2.)  Ninth-plate tintype again believed to be of William H. Tipton. In this image he is once again seated but this time he wears a dark jacket with a light vest and a dark mechanics type hat. He has also shaved off his chin whiskers and sports only a mustache. There is a slight tint to his cheeks. The image is very clear with good contrast. Image comes in half a cloth case with a patriotic brass mat and standard frame.

3.)  Cabinet card photo believed to be of William H. Tipton’s brother Robert as a middle aged man. The image was taken by a photographer in Westerly, Rhode Island and shows Tipton in a dark civilian suit. Image is clear with good contrast. Upper left corner is worn some. Stock is slightly concave in shape.

4.)   Cabinet card by Tipton of his brother John who was a barber in Gettysburg and from whose line it is believed the photos came. The image shows John in his 20’s wearing a dark civilian suit. Image is clear with good contrast.

5.)  Cabinet card by Tipton of his brother John but a slightly different view from the one above. The image shows John in his 20’s wearing a dark civilian suit. Image is clear with good contrast.

6.)  Cabinet card by Tipton of his brother John but this one is a three-quarter standing view and John wears a dark overcoat and bowler hat. Image is clear with good contrast.

7.)  Sixth plate ambrotype of a young man in his late teens or early twenty’s. The identity of the subject is not known. He is shown seated wearing a dark overcoat and suit. He sports chin whickers only. Image is clear with good contrast but there is some discoloration to the emulsion but nothing that really detracts. There is no case only a brass mat and frame.

8.)  Wonderful sixth-plate ambrotype of an unidentified woman wearing a dark striped jacket and a bonnet with white bow under the chin and decorated with lace and flowers. The flowers actually have a pink tint added by the photographer. Image is very clear with great contrast. There is some light scratching on the surface of the image in the area of the face but these do not seriously affect the image.

9.)  Sixth-plate ambrotype of a young woman seated in a high-backed chair. She wears a dark dress with a low cut collar and white under sleeves. Suspended by a chain around her neck is a cross. Her checks have a light tint. She looks very similar to the lady described above and may be a sister or the same lady. There is no ID. The image is clear with good contrast. There is light discoloration around the edges. Comes in a full split case with brass mat and frame.

10.)  Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a seated woman wearing a light dress with a floral pattern. The photographer has tinted her cheeks and touched the broach at her throat with gilt paint. Image is clear with good contrast and comes with brass mat and frame only.

11.)  Quarter –plate daguerreotype of three young ladies believed to be sisters. From the 1860 census records it is known that William Tipton had one 5 year old sister. These three young ladies were photographed in the 1850’s so they cannot be sisters of William Tipton. It is known that John W. Tipton, William’s brother, married Lydia Powers who was one of 5 sisters all of whom served as nurses at Gettysburg. It is believed that the photo here described shows Lydia and two of her sisters. The image is clear and bright and shows the well-dressed subjects arranged with two seated and one standing at middle. There is some spotting over the surface but nothing serious. The image comes with a brass frame and matt and in a split half case with one edge missing.

Also in the group is a small diary running from September 29, 1863 to March of 1867. The small diary belonged to John W. Tipton and lists how much money he made each day cutting hair. Just inside the front cover is a pencil inscription that reads “JNO. W. TIPTON” and again on the first page “JNO W. TIPTONS BOOK GETTYSBURG PA 1863.” The book is in good condition overall. All entries are legible.

 

Also included in the group are two smaller books that meas. approx. 2.25 x 5.50 inches. Each one advertises I. HAMBURGER & SONS CLOTHIERS & TAILORS 164 W. BALTIMORE ST., BALTIMORE, MD. One of the books has a nice ink inscription on the first page that reads “IRA S. TIPTON, GETTYSBURG, PA.” This little book lists day to day expenses and at the back there are some mailing addresses. The second little book lists more expenses in front with some instructions in the back.

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