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Thomas Stillman Cook




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Blekkenk Family Tintypes

The following six tintypes were once in the possession of George Blekkenk (1901-1975). They were given to Margaret Allen Cook in the 1980's. They were not labeled, but were with other Blekkenk materials. Our best "guesses" appear with each tintype. Help in identifying these people is greatly appreciated!

According to O. Henry Mace in his Collector's Guide to Early Photographs tintypes were introduced in 1856, peaked during the Civil War and then began to wane. They were still taken as late as 1930, especially at fairs and boardwalks. Given such a broad time period, it is difficult to date these. We estimate them to be from the 1880's or 90's.


 Blekkenk Tintype #1

Unknown Man in Uniform (?)

Comments: If all of these tintypes were taken around the same period, this gentleman is the oldest. Could he be John H. Blekkenk?


  Blekkenk Tintype #2

Three Men

Comments: John Blekkenk had three sons that lived, but since the oldest Henry had left home by 1870, it is very unlikely that these are the three sons.


  Blekkenk Tintype #3

Two Men

Comments: The contrast in clothing and physical features is very striking - could either be a Blekkenk?

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