Old-fashioned photo shoots let you pretend to be a 19th-century robber baron without the metaphysical emptiness that accompanies exploiting thousands of workers to amass inordinate personal wealth. Stoke your inner industrialist with today's Groupon: for $15, you get an old-time photo shoot for up to four people at The Tintypery in St. Charles (up to a $45.05 value). This Groupon also entitles you to 20% off purchase of a frame and 20% off additional prints.
The Tintypery unlocks a deep vault of authentic costumes and props dating from the 1860s through the 1930s, allowing patrons to pose convincingly as denizens of their favorite bygone era. In the course of a 15-minute shoot, channel your inner John Wayne with a cowboy motif, or take on the impish charm of Scarlett O'Hara while posing as a Southern belle. Aspiring time travelers can slip homages to Victorian England into frames populated by Prohibition-era gangsters and flappers or surreptitiously place their Pogs collection in a portrait of saloon workers from the Western frontier. Today's deal can be used for parties of up to four people (a $5 fee will be assessed for each extra subject up to 30 people) and includes an 8"x10" print ideal for placing on mantels and backing up claims of immortality.
The Tintypery - Old Time Photography
The Tintypery's shutterbugs have been capturing sepia-tone memories inside their old-time photography studio for the past 30 years. Before each photo shoot, customers don authentic costumes, which range from the 1860s through to the 1930s—guises include cowboy hats, pinstripe suits, Victorian gowns, and glum facial expressions. Once families and groups gather around whiskey barrels, rifles, and oil-lamp set pieces, they can choose to pose with historically accurate props: southern belles may swish delicate lace fans. Kids too can join in the fun by dressing up as masked bandits or other period characters. Not to leave anyone out, The Tintypery also welcomes pets as long as they respect the customs of the past by covering up with a bandana or modest pantaloons.