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verb (used with object), fer·ro·typed, fer·ro·typ·ing.
  1. to put a glossy surface on (a print) by pressing, while wet, on a metal sheet (ferrotype tin).
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  1. Also called tintype. a positive photograph made on a sensitized sheet of enameled iron or tin.
  2. the process of making such photographs.
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Origin of ferrotype

First recorded in 1835–45; ferro- + -type
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Examples from the Web for ferrotype

Historical Examples

  • I put one on a piece of ferrotype plate, and that gave really the best result I ever got.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884


  • I tried putting in a large number of these tubes, all in quantity, on the bottom of a ferrotype plate, but with no advantage.

  • The prints treated in this way lose little of the gloss made by the ferrotype plate.

  • When they are thoroughly dry apply paste to the back of the print before removing it from the ferrotype.

  • More often a photograph is taken on a ferrotype plate and the outlines scratched into the plate.

British Dictionary definitions for ferrotype


  1. a photographic print produced directly in a camera by exposing a sheet of iron or tin coated with a sensitized enamel
  2. the process by which such a print is produced
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Systematic name: tintype
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