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This photograph of Mary Elizabeth Scott (below) was taken in the early – mid-1890s. Source: Private collection of Cynthia Welcher The photograph below is from the Library of Congress photo collection and depicts a woman from the Civil War era.
She wears a typical hairstyle of the day with a middle part and the hair styled over the ears.
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The difference is the ambrotype does not have that reflective “floating” type quality.
Source: Library of Congress Tintypes were popular for more than 30 years. Early tintypes were in small, hinged cases like the daguerreotypes and the ambrotypes.
For example, if the photograph in your possession was in the back of your maternal grandmother’s closet, start with her family members first.
Identifying individuals in the photographs is possible. The answers to these questions can narrow down which side of the family the photograph(s) belonged. Other family members may provide a date and/or the circumstances of when the photograph was taken.
Source: Personal Collection of Lisa Lisson Cabinet cards and carte des visites (CDV) are often confused.
Most likely, but if not, the photograph was obviously treasured to have been kept throughout the years. How did the photograph(s) come into your possession? You may miss valuable information including the identity of the photograph’s individuals.
Email and social media make it easier to contact more distant relatives. Skipping this step is tempting, but avoid that temptation!
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.