Identifying dating your family photographs with maureen taylor
The photograph was likely taken around their wedding date.Admittedly, the fashions of the couple confused me a bit.
By the time the photograph came to me, it was no longer in an album or frame. The photo’s physical characteristics provided the clues needed to date this photograph.
I had to learn about antique photographs, the different types of photographs and when they were used. I learned how to find and decipher the clues in a photograph. They must be of importance to someone since their photograph was saved.
Knowing the photo was in with Winnie’s other family photographs (and there were many! Oral history stated great-grandmother Winnie Haley Carr did not particularly like her Carr in-laws.
This old family photograph is a cabinet card from the late 1870’s to 1880’s.
Cabinet cards were popular from the 1860’s-1890’s with its popularity peaking in the 1880’s.