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Forgotten Marriage: The Painted Tintype & The Decorative Frame celebrates the discovery of the last stage of folk portraiture as an American cultural force—the painted tintype. Dr. Stanley Burns unveils a lost history of painted photography and explains its rightful place in the evolution of academic and folk painting.

Forgotten Marriage sounds an alarm. Painted tintypes are being destroyed and summarily dismissed in the manner that folk paintings were in the 1920s. This unprecedented book is a call to preserve these cherished works. The painted tintype represents the extension of portraiture to the ordinary citizen.

Gerard C. Wertkin, Director of the Museum of American Folk Art, traces in the Foreword the story behind the discovery and the important role of photography in the American folk tradition.

Forgotten Marriage is an extraordinary opportunity for curators and collectors seeking information unavailable until this publication.