Understanding the history to cartes de visite (CDV) and cabinet cards will also help you narrow down a timeframe. Although usually long gone, you may be able to find them listed in directories. For the 19th century, sleeves can be quite a good starting point.
There are also websites that collect details of photographers. Again, look online for different sleeve shapes through the ages and try to find ones that match those in the photograph. For the 20th century, dress length can be quite revealing.
Provides a methodology for dating and identifying old photographs that includes techniques for analyzing the type of photograph, the subject and setting, the occasion, and the location.
Preservation supplies and techniques for storing and scanning old photos will also be discussed.
Daguerreotypes were produced on a thin copper metal support that had a polished coating of silver that was mirror-like.
If the photograph is on a post card mount, then it won’t date before 1902. Many CDVs include the name of the photography studio.Many images in our collection have come to us with only the barest of details attached.Your knowledge, interest and enjoyment in identifying dates and locations is helping us to fill in some of the blanks and, in turn, provide better access to the State’s archives.Your amazing contributions to the Moments in Time photo series have really blown us away here Archives Outside.In fact, it became our most successful series on the blog after just the second post!