Identifying Your Photos
- DAGUERREOTYPE (1839 - 1870,
- CALOTYPE (1845 - 1855, approx.)
- AMBROTYPE (1854 to the end of the Civil War) Glass
- THE TINTYPE (1856 to W.W.II) Metal
- THE CABINET CARD (approx. 1866 - 1906)
- THE STEREOGRAPH (1849 - 1925)
- THE WET PLATE PRINT (c. 1853 - 1902)
Several noticeable features in old photos will help to you to
Consider the following:
- Hair styles
- Background items
- Hair and Beard
Identifying the type of photo as above can begin the process of dating
the picture. By consulting fashion and grooming trends, many
photographs can be identified for dates within a very few years.
Consult the web for costume dating and grooming trends. Carefully
inspect the photographs for clues such as photographer's identity and
added markings such as dates and names. Many photographers can be
studied to find out the period within which they offered their
services. Jewelry, watches and other accessories can often be dated.
Question relatives, do they recognize anyone in the image?
Don't forget to consider ethnic cultural origins. If you have
more than one photo of an individual, attempt to use multiple pictures
to add up the clues. You can also compare photos to cataloged images
for date and style comparisons.
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