Old Photographs and the Secrets They Hold.

Grace Keir
Issue Date: 
Spring 2008

Use of photographs and clothing details to identify persons, their lives and times, during the period 1850 to 1900. The various types of photographic methods used from 1838 to 1900 are discussed. Clothing styles are important in dating photographs, especially with women’s and girls’ clothing which changed more than men’s and boys’.

Key Word Search Terms: 
Photograph. Daguerreotype. Frames. Ambrotype. Tintype. Carte de visite. Cabinet card. Clothing. Bustle. Hairstyle. Neckline. Bodice. Leg-o-mutton. Waistcoat. Tailcoat. Cravats. Tuxedo. Frock coat. Moustache. Knickerbocker. Little Lord Fauntleroy.