Dating old pichtures


The following common types of vintage photos, their photographic processes and characteristics could help you positively identify some of your long-lost ancestors.

Daguerreotypes were sealed in glass for protection.

And just like the ambrotype and daguerreotype, the method didn’t use negatives and was directly exposed in the camera.

Some small tintypes were also placed in cardboard mounts much like the CDV.

If you’re a passionate family history buff like us, everyone from your mother to your Great Aunt Sally knows that they can pawn off boxes of old family photos for you to peruse to your heart’s content.

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Photographers would coat a thin sheet of paper with egg white which would hold light-sensitive silver salt on the surface of the paper, preventing image fading.

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