Al is also a Clarke Historical Library donor. He has given us information about Michigan oil company families and two folders of materials about his life and activities at CMU and his family. A recent addition to his personal materials included some interesting family tintypes.
Among the usual wedding couple and individual portraits, is a sequence of tintypes of boys. These portraits are probably all of the same boy as he ages. If it is not the same boy, it must be images of brothers.
|left to right: baby, toddler with cheeks tinted pink, boy, preteen|
Another interesting tintype is of a man who looks as though he is in a sleigh. It is a fake sleigh, like a fake backdrop, except it is in front of him, not behind. It has a fake horse's leg and tail in front of the sleigh and a small dog running along side the sleigh. You can imagine the yipping. The man is probably sitting behind this fake sleigh on a chair holding a whip and reins. I think the fur blanket is also real and adds depth to the image as it spills the sleigh. It is rather amusing. I have never seen an image quite like it although I've seen lots of fake pillars and backdrops added to portraits. Perhaps he meant it as a Christmas or New Year's gift for a special lady in his life?
Another fun item is a letter Tennant received from the Supervisor of Housing while living in CMU Barnes Hall for consistently maintaining a neat room. Does this happen in modern academia? I think not.