Dating old photographs of children
Daguerreotypes, for example, were popular from 1839 to about 1870, while cabinet cards were in use from about 1866 to 1906.
Overview of Photograph Types & Techniques Check both the front and the back of the photograph (and its case if it has one) for a photographer's name or imprint.
You can also use household items, cars, street signs and other background items to help determine the approximate date a photograph was taken.
Many of them, unfortunately, do not come neatly labeled on the back with names, dates, people or places. Solving the mystery faces and places in your old family photographs requires knowledge of your family history, combined with good old fashioned detective work.
Many characteristics were short lived as new mount designs and features were constantly introduced by the printers to encourage photographers to buy more mounts so as to remain up to date and in fashion.
Whilst a ‘not before’ date can be accurately established for any particular attribute, allowance has been made in the calculations for the fact that some photographers would take longer to use up their stock of card mounts than others.
Explore the world of Victorian cartes de visite and cabinet cards – see all of the most popular designs.
Just a few examples are shown below to whet your appetite!
The dictates of fashion were significantly more lenient, and there was a greater demand for plain, functional clothing.