Dating 19th century photographs of men

They simulated a three-dimensional view and often captured faraway locations. These had a uniform size and were mounted onto card.

Images of children were very popular but many images from the American Civil War were also captured on CDV.

Daguerreotypes can be expensive to purchase, particularly if the image displays something out of the ordinary.

Just like with books, you probably shouldn’t collect photographs for financial gain. Abe Books has sold a number of them over the years.The main photographic processes from 19th century are daguerreotype, ambrotype, tintype, cabinet card and CDV.The daguerreotype, the first commercial photographic process, was expensive to produce as a silvered copper plate was required. These images could not be reproduced and originals are very fragile.In 2011, a modern-day treasure hunter was browsing through an antique shop in Fresno, California.Flipping through boxes, he came across an old photograph. After much investigation, it was concluded that one of the men was Billy the Kid, aka Henry Mc Carty, and the other players were his gang, The Regulators.To help you date your old family photographs, so far I’ve shown you how to spot daguerreotypes, collodion positives and ferrotypes.Today we turn to the distinguishing features of the carte de visite—a 19th-century collecting craze.A carte de visite is a photograph mounted on a piece of card the size of a formal visiting card—hence the name.The format was patented by the French photographer Andre Adolphe Eugene Disdéri (1819–1889) in 1854.It’s always recommended that you establish a budget and stick to it. In the penultimate post of our series showing you how to date your old photographs by using physical clues to determine the process used to create it, I’m going to show you how to spot a cabinet card.

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