Dating and photography
And as a single woman with single female friends (and years of insightful conversations!) I’ve got loads of experience of what is hot and what is not and I can help you create a selection of photos that women will swoon over.From 1866, the carte de visite was joined by the larger format cabinet card photo which was pasted onto a standard mount measuring approximately 6.5 “x 4.25″ (155mm x 110mm).
By the late 1850s the carte de visite appeared, a small photograph pasted onto a standard sized mount measuring approximately 4.25″ x 2.5″ (108mm x 63mm).
The tintype (also known as the ferrotype in the USA) was produced on a thin metal plate and was usually of a rather muddy appearance.
Tintypes were cheap and were still used by UK street and beach photographers in the 1940s and 1950s – long after the Second World War.
This is straightforward detective work for most images, but very early photographs can be misleading.
Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout th 1800s.
If you are really lucky, you may have some early ones in ‘leather’ cases or in ornate shiny cases made of a black or brown plastic like material. Photography started in 1839 but at that time was really in the hands of a few scientists, professionals or wealthy amateurs.