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New Tradfolk daguerreotype t-shirts, co-designed with Alex Merry

A brand new t-shirt based on an 1850s daguerreotype of a broadside ballad seller, now on sale via Tradfolk and Teemill.

If you’re starting your Christmas shopping relatively early, may we suggest one of these fine new t-shirts, co-designed with everyone’s favourite high-hopping folk artist, Alex Merry (of Boss Morris fame).

A model wearing a Tradfolk daguerreotype t-shirt, co-designed by Alex Merry

Fresh on the Tradfolk Shop storefront today, the design is based on a daguerreotype of a broadside ballad seller from the 1850s. Alex has redrawn the image from an original picture and coloured each image to suit the t-shirt colour of your choice.

Daguerreotypes were the first publicly available photographic process, and they were widely used during the 1840s and 1850s. Invented by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre and introduced in 1839, the daguerreotype process created highly detailed images on a polished silver-plated sheet of copper.

The shirts have been designed in sky blue, rust and off-white. All profits from their sale go towards maintaining the Tradfolk website.


Our t-shirts are made in conjunction with Teemill. Certified Organic Cotton t-shirt, 155g/m2. Wash cool, hang dry. GM free. Not tested on animals. Does not contain animal-derived products. Printed in the UK with low waste printing tech. Made in a renewable energy powered factory audited for a wide range of social and sustainability criteria.