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Having published a book titled “Dating Family Photos – “, Lenore Frost gave us some helpful information about old photographs. Early photos were.
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Dating Old Photographs by Robert Pols
Early photos were the Daguerreotype, the Ambrotype, the Carte de Visite, Cabinet photos, and postcards. The Daguerreotype from used a metal plate, producing a reversed and positive image. The Ambrotype ‘s – mid ‘s was a negative image on a glass plate, also reversed. The image when viewed against a black background appeared as a positive. In the ‘s the photos had squared corners. In the ‘s the photos had coloured borders, whilst in the ‘s the photos had rounded corners.
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When photographs are passed down through generations of families, sometimes the stories of the people in the images become fragmented or lost. If you find yourself with a collection of photographs that lack contextual information, there are a number of clues you can look out for. The most effective way to date photographs is to combine historical analysis with knowledge of different photography techniques and materials through time. Here at The National Archives, we have teams who specialise in both areas and in this blog, Visual Collections Researcher Katherine Howells and Conservator of photographs and paper Ioannis Vasallos share their tips.
You can also look out for handwritten notes on the back of the photograph such as names, events or locations.
A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs but they rely almost entirely on descriptions: Family Chronicle’s book.
Extracted from the introductory note to the book Dear Friends – American photographs of men together, Dear Friends is intended for all readers, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with the arcana of nineteenth-century photographic techniques and formats. Nineteenth-century photography was marked by a rapidly unfolding sequence of sometimes overlapping technological developments that led from the invention of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes to the introduction of tintypes; and from the first photographic prints on paper to the commercial dissemination of multiple prints from negatives such as cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards, and “real photo” postcards.
These developments were accompanied by evolving conventions for describing variations in the size and formats of different kinds of photographs. Today these conventions remain informative principally among specialists in early photography. In illustrated books and catalogues on early photography, the measurement of cased images such as daguerreotypes invariably still refers to the size of the photosensitized silver-coated copper plate, rather than that of the decorative case that would ultimately contain and protect it.
Moreover, the size of a daguerreotype is not traditionally measured in inches, but is denoted instead in terms of the fraction that a given plate represents of the standard, full-size copper plate that manufacturers mass produced for distribution to photographers from the mid- ‘s , thereby establishing the daguerreotype as the first commercially viable form of photography. These dimensions are approximate averages, in fact-based on the dimensions of daguerreotypes that have survived.
It was not unusual for daguerreotypists to trim the mass-produced plate. Notwithstanding its lack of universal and scientific precision, this method of referring to the size of photosensitized plates was also applied to the ambrotype a photographic impression on glass after its introduction in The commercial manufacture and dissemination of photosensitized copper and glass plates in standardized sizes was retained as well by manufacturers of the thin iron sheets photosensitized by a film of silver nitrate against a background of dark Japan varnish that photographers employed in the production of tintypes after their introduction in
Dating old family photographs
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You’ve almost certainly faced the problem: you have an album or box of old photographs, but almost all of them lack any identification. Family Chronicle’s Dating Old Photographs can’t help you identify the subject, but it probably can help you with dating when the picture was taken — often within a couple of years. A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs.
They rely almost entirely on descriptions. There are over pictures covering the period from the s to the s. By comparing your unknown pictures to those in this book, you will be able to compare clothing and hair fashion, the poses adopted by the subject, and the background settings. The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.
The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J. Morris, explaining the technicalities and fashion styles of old photos. He details information on the various types of photographs, starting with the daguerreotypes of , the ambrotypes of s, the tintypes of , the carte-de-visites of s, and the cabinet cards of Dating Old Photographs was compiled from a number of sources, but the majority of the photographs were submitted by readers of Family Chronicle Magazine.
Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929
What do you really know about the old photographs you have of your ancestors? Do you have names and dates to go with each? How sure are you of the information you do have? There are ways to examine photographs which can help place the date of a photo within a couple of years. Pictures can also tell stories about your ancestors and the lives they led. The best part is, you can learn to determine the approximate year of photographs and learn to read the stories within them for yourself.
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