Dating antique photos
These cases are not rare, but they did not dominate the daguerreotype market, probably due to price. The daguerreotype is very easily detected, even by someone who has never seen one before.
Dating by mount type and style provides a rough indicator for identifying images. Photographs mounted on card stock. Many are found in gilt frames or in the leather or plastic thermomolded cases of the earliest ambrotypes. Both were smaller than the standard card stereograph. The tintype was very popular during the Civil War because every soldier wanted to send a picture of himself with his rifle and sword home.
Observable Characteristics A few simple observations can help narrow the timeframe of an image. Some Gems were cut to fit lockets, cufflinks, tie pins, rings and even garter clasps.
Each eye looks at a slightly different image, and the fusion of the two images in the mind creates the illusion of depth. Success in retouching led to innovations in the darkroom and at the camera. The technique of making such enlargements were so complicated that few photographers had the proper skill to make an enlargement from a standard studio negative. Neither the chocolate tint nor the rustic look are to be found in pre tintypes.
Sometimes a good guess is as close as you'll get to the answers. Diffusion of the image reduced the need for retouching.
Few Americans could afford the cost of a studio enlargement made with a solar enlarger. In my photo, both men are wearing loose-fitting jackets with wide lapels. These were basically the only type of cases until the latter part of the s. Printed mount notations such as photographer's identification and title are fairly reliable, but can still provide false information.
Components of a Daguerreotype The different parts of the daguerreotype each provide date clues. An exploded and assembled view of a ca daguerreotype.
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