Josephine Daschbaugh and Granddaughter Mollie Blockinger Austin
Circa 1868
Josephine Daschbaugh was born in Southside on October 3, 1842;  In 1862, she married Mollie Blockinger
Austin’s Father, August Blockinger [Born: 8-31-1841 in Alsace [then France]. She died at 26 on January 4,
1869.

August re-married and lived on The Boulevard in Carrick when he died. Her Father was Joseph F. Daschbaugh
from Alsace Lorraine; He wed Barbara Lauth [1822-1885] Her father invented the cold rolling mill process.

Bernard Lauth was born August 23, 1820 in Alsace, France. He founded the American Iron Works in 1850, and
formed a partnership with B.F. Jones in 1851. In 1854, Lauth retired from the steel firm, selling his partnership
to James H. Laughlin, who led the company to be renamed Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. He invented and
patented the process for cold rolling of iron in 1859. In 1871, he purchased the iron furnace at Howard,
Pennsylvania, where he built a rolling mill in 1882.

Do you realize Mollie Austin is Brayden and Aleyah’s Great-Great-Great-Great Grandma?
And Barbara Lauth is 5-Greats!!! Isn’t that great??
TIN-TYPE PHOTOGRAPHY
A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin
sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion.
Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the
early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st.

Tintype portraits were at first usually made in a formal photographic studio, like daguerreotypes and other
early types of photographs, but later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or the
open air at fairs and carnivals, as well as by itinerant sidewalk photographers. Because the lacquered iron
support (there is no actual tin used) was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed
and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.

The tintype's immediate predecessor, the ambrotype, was the same process using a sheet of glass as the support.
The glass was either of a dark color or provided with a black backing so that, as with a tintype, the underexposed
negative image in the emulsion appeared as a positive. Tintypes were sturdy and did not require mounting in a
protective hard case like ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
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