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Dating 19th century photographs

The CDV process, which began in France in 1854, involved a special camera that produced eight poses on one negative.

Photography arrived in the United States in 1839 thanks to Samuel F. He returned to the United States to spread the news, and by the end of 1839 some larger cities on the East Coast had very successful portrait studios. It substituted an iron plate for glass and was even cheaper than the ambrotype.

The CDV’s albumen process produced a negative from which any number of prints could be made - and on early CDVs it was important for the photographer to note that more prints were always available.

CDVs arrived in the United States around 1859, on the eve of the Civil War (1861-1865) during which demand skyrocketed as soldiers and their loved ones sought an affordable image remembrance.

In the United States, the carte-de-visite played second fiddle to cheaper variations on the daguerreotype theme.

In the penultimate post of our series showing you how to date your old photographs by using physical clues to determine the process used to create it, I’m going to show you how to spot a cabinet card.

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Knowing the type of photograph you own will help you date it. They are very reflective and look like a mirror when turned at certain angles from the viewer.