Dating victorian photographs


International in scope, it ranges from the beginnings of photography to the present.

Most of the photographs not currently on display are available through the Prints & Drawings Study Room.

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The type of card stock or whether it had right-angled or rounded corners can often help to determine the date of the photograph to as close as five years.

However, it has to be noted that these dating methods aren't always 100% accurate, since a Victorian photographer may have been using up old card stock, or the cabinet card may have been a re-print made many years after the photo was originally recorded.

The carte de visite was quickly replaced by the larger cabinet card.

In the early 1860s, both types of photographs were essentially the same in process and design.

His sumptuous and romantic images depict high society beauties and the most glamorous models of the age.