A mobile tintype photography booth will be set up at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum Wednesday, July 29, and visitors may have their tintype portrait taken or can watch a tintype demonstration.

Tintypes were popular in the 1860s and 1870s; many of the photographs taken during the Civil War were tintypes. They are not made on tin, but rather are a type of photograph made on a sheet of blackened iron.

The tintype booth will be run by the AgNO3 Lab, which specializes in formal tintype portraits. Portraits are $40 per tintype, which includes a two-for-one museum admission.  The tintype booth will be set up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; the demonstration will begin at 2 p.m. Portraits will be made on a first come/first served basis or reservations for a portrait may be made by calling the museum at 548-0334.

Making a Tintype Portrait is part of “Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light,” Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.