Expert guide dating victorian family photographs
if yes you probably have a Tintype that is covered in the cased images section here after Ambrotype.
The first two photographs needed to be in a box because of their frailty.
Whenever possible we create tables of information, because it helps to have a visual timeline rather than having to read too much or get confused with too many dates and eras to keep straight in your/our head. This is the very first question to ask yourself about the specific photograph you are trying to date. If your photograph is in a case, read on, if not, you may move on to another question/description.
When we find articles or longwinded discussion on topics, we rewrite to use less words to say the same thing. The second question is, if it's not in a case, is it some type of metal?
It was just a photography tradition to put it in a box. When determining when a photo was taken, you have to consider more than the obvious.Such as clothes worn, the background, objects in the background and the history of the photo (how did you acquire it).Any writing on the photo could lead you to a date, like the name of the photographer.This would lead you on a search for a list of business directory records of photographers from that time period.