If you are lucky enough to own such a photograph, you might want to know a bit more about it, and what clues there are to date it.
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.
Mount Cabinet card mounts are usually thicker than those of cartes de visite.
Edges By the 1880s, cabinet card mounts sometimes had bevelled edges, and were often finished in gold or silver.
The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often printed with elaborate designs.
The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced right until the First World War.
Many people began collecting portraits of political figures, actors and actresses, Civil War generals, as well as family and friends. Massey Collection CDV’s were eventually replaced in the 1870s by the larger Cabinet Cards which used the same photographic process but were on a larger 4 by 6" card. Massey Collection Learn more about old photographs in Photo Detective Maureen Taylor's webinar "Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present" in the Legacy Library.
Special photo albums were designed especially for cartes-de-visite. Cabinet Cards continued in popularity well into the 20 Century. You may wish to watch my You Tube Video showing examples of the five different types of Early 19th. If you are looking for a photo of an ancestor you might want to try these sites: Dead Fred A genealogy photo archive with thousands of identified images Cyndi’s List has an alphabetical list of sites with ancestor photos Lost Faces Faces/ has 69 Civil War era photo albums online with over 3,000 identified photographs.
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.
A close rival in popularity to the photo posts is Useful Tips for Reading Handwritten Documents which became a long list of tips and tricks generated by comments from you and from State Records staff.
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