Dating 19th century photographs of men
Daguerreotypes can be expensive to purchase, particularly if the image displays something out of the ordinary.By the mid-19th century, the ambrotype process was introduced, and it was more widely used due to cheaper costs. Stereoviews, or stereographs, were popular for several decades in the second half of the 19th century.They simulated a three-dimensional view and often captured faraway locations. These had a uniform size and were mounted onto card.Images of children were very popular but many images from the American Civil War were also captured on CDV.An unsmiling group of men, 19th century Americans it seemed, were playing croquet in front of a wooden building in a rural setting. This was only the second known photograph of the Wild West’s most infamous outlaw. Collecting vintage photographs can be a voyage of discovery.
Realising that there was a market for a process which could produce a large number of prints very cheaply, Disdéri devised a way of reducing costs by taking several portraits on one photographic plate.Size The cabinet card was basically a larger version of the carte de visite.Paper prints measuring about 5.5 x 4 inches were pasted to standard sized cardboard mounts measuring 6.5 x 4.25 inches.A carte de visite is a photograph mounted on a piece of card the size of a formal visiting card—hence the name.
The format was patented by the French photographer Andre Adolphe Eugene Disdéri (1819–1889) in 1854.
The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often printed with elaborate designs.