The numerous types of photographs in circulation in the 1800’s can be identified using the table below. This could be a simple scanning procedure of the old prints of photographs but could result in revelation about a number of details about the time the photo was taken.
: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background.
In this guest blog post, Mary shows how to determine the date of undated, Civil War-era family photographs using revenue stamps affixed to the back of the picture.
Also, it is important to look at the packaging material of the photograph carefully, the date of issue could be found on the envelopes containing the photographs.
The negative holders contain the date of the photographs taken; upon looking closely this could be of help when the dates are present nowhere else.
1864), with the information under the numbers indicating either his initials or an internal reference.
It was not 1861, as revenue stamps are only found on images 1864-1866, with the final repeal of the Stamp Act on Aug. For more information on Tax Stamps, see e Bay’s Guide to Tax Stamps on Antique Photography.
But the journey could not be necessarily smooth as you tread on the path to discover the treasures of ancestors, the photographs without any of the labels, where no one took the pain to organize it for the future generations.
Understanding how to date old photos can prove quiet difficult.
In the old photograph example above of a Carte de Visite (CDV), which shows the back and front of the image side-by-side, the picture was taken at Delong’s Gallery on Locust street in Fairbury, Illinois.