Dating old photographs

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Characteristics to look for are: Borders General Rule: No single rule applies across all cards Card edges experienced numerous changes during the latter 1800s.

These included beveled edges, gilt treatment, and scalloped edges.

The borders (lines or artwork on the card) and the manner in which the card edges were cut or treated are some of the best known clues to dating the cabinet card.It was introduced in the late 1860s in England, but did not gain much attention in the U. That is when the effect of new photographic papers and camera improvements really became apparent.Many cabinet card photographs from the 1880s and 1890s are exquisite pieces of artwork, exhibiting technical excellence and wonderful composition.She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother.But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret.

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