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20th century photography
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Early albums – 19th and early 20th Century photographic albums 6, images from Cameroon and 5, images from Ghana “dating from (in the case.
One of the most available, most misunderstood and certainly the most misidentified of all antiques are photographs. It would be difficult to find an antique dealer who has not at one time or another bought and sold 19th century photographs, yet, the average dealer would be hard pressed to correctly identify or date the different types of photographic images they routinely encounter.
This exploded view of the anatomy of a photographic case shows the various levels of the image side of the case. All images courtesy Dr. Anthony J. I bought my first 19th century photograph in on a farm in Pennsylvania, out of a barn that housed ducks and doubled as an antique shop. I was fascinated by the idea that antique images were a small window into the past; I have collected photographs ever since.
To fund this newly acquired habit I would scour our New York City neighborhood with my red wagon and collect discarded furniture, glassware, artwork, and textiles, which I sold on the weekends at the 26th Street Flea Market in Manhattan. I used the profits to subsidize my photograph collecting and purchased photographs each week from other dealers at the flea market who routinely saved images for me beneath their tables; I was the photograph boy.
Dating Vintage Photographs
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A date will sometimes help fit a photo into a family tree. Date an raphs of Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century ladies sorted by year on sizes, types and descriptions and when used, that may help as a first step if you are not sure.
The gun looks like a shotgun rather than a rifle. It could be a model 97 Winchester shotgun. And, that is a Model T Ford. The model T began production in
Developing skills for identifying vintage photos
Dating and identifying old family photographs is mainly a matter of using your brain in the same way in which you would work out a crossword puzzle or a jigsaw. Consider your family, work out possible links and hypotheses — ask the questions and try and work out the answers. One important factor is to consider which pictures go together. If they are all from the same old album as the ones used in this feature are then you can assume they belong together as a family. Group them by photographer and then by facial similarities.
Vintage fashions – dating photographs – genealogy styles, revival fashions and period details of what was in vogue during the 20th century.
Let me share some tips with you to help date late 19th century and early 20th century photographs. If you have studio portraits in your family collection, certainly trying to identify the clothing and hairstyles can be helpful. These books can also help you with photographic images and processes that are older than what I’m discussing here. If you have a photo that includes information about the photographer on the front or back of the picture, this information can help date it.
This can help you date the photograph. If you are so lucky as to see an automobile in the photograph, this can also help. Wisconsin license plates had the last two digits of the year printing in a vertical manner on the side of the plate, much larger than the stickers used today. This was used by traveling photographers who showed up on the street taking outdoor photos of children in a wagon being powered by a goat.
The photographers also took many street views of towns all over the United States and beyond.
Glass lantern slides were introduced as early as the s and were used through to the middle of the 20th century. Ambrotypes, housed in a.
Early s gelatin silver real photo postcard. Exhibits the steely yet subtle tones common to gelatin silver prints. The bottom has light silvering that helps establish that photograph as vintage. Gelatin silver prints were by far the most common form of black and white photograph from the late s to today. If you own a s movie still photo or a s wirephoto, you own a gelatin silver photograph. If you go to a museum exhibit of photographs by famous early 20th century photographers, many to most will likely be gelatin silver prints.
Those s black and white snapshots and real photo postcards in your family albums are more than likely gelatin silver. While gelatin silver photographs were commonly used for many years and are made today, early examples have distinct qualities that help the collector to identify their old age.
How to be a photograph detective
The cabinet card was a style of photograph which was widely used for photographic portraiture after The carte de visite was displaced by the larger cabinet card in the s. In the early s, both types of photographs were essentially the same in process and design.
Thousands of images dating from the 16th to the early 20th-centuries, mostly engravings and lithographs, of composers and musicians, portraits of actors, heads of.
In my blog about Victorian studio portraits, I mentioned various methods of dating old, unidentified family photographs, with special emphasis on analysing the fashion clues. By contrast, the appearance of our ancestors and relatives as they posed for the camera cannot be mistaken: their clothes and accessories were real and of their time, providing an accurate contemporary visual record. The dress of the past as seen in photographs never lies, but recognising the garments, hats and hairstyles key to image dating requires a well-trained eye.
Family photographs are precious heirlooms that deserve due consideration, so knowing the historical parameters, with reference to dated photographic examples and through an understanding of dress, age, status and place, is invaluable. This is an informed introduction to dating fashion in Edwardian and WW1-era photographs, In the earlys, the feminine ideal was a shapely hourglass silhouette, expressed in a separate blouse and skirt or formal bodice and co-ordinating skirt.