On the back, in my grandmother's handwriting, is written "Grandpa King's brothers." At least I've got some information to work with, but I'm eager to learn more: When was the picture taken? Which two of my great-grandfather's brothers are these? Type of photograph To learn more about my mystery photo, I checked examples of photos in the collections of Andrew J. Both websites detail the history of photography, including samples of various types of photography, such as daguerreotype, cabinet card and tintype.
Men, on the other hand can be difficult as suits did not change from year to year.The paper backing on the photograph can tell the age of some pictures; this includes pictures that have tin that the photograph was placed on.Men’s hair styles and facial hair is not as easy to decipher the photos age.The clothing can also be an indicator in the age of a picture, women whether they lived in the country or the city for most photographs would be wearing the latest fashions.The one thing that was odd about these photographs, was that the picture would appear opposite of how the person was standing or sitting, just as they would appear in a mirror.
The material that was used for these photographs was not actually tin, but became referred to as tin because they were made out of cheaper metal, rather than silver.The material was Melainotype and to cut these pictures apart a pair of tin sheers would be used.Ozotope was another method that was used beginning in 1898, this was a process that used gelatin silver bromide, which transferred by contact with pigment paper.Knowing the type of photo can still leave a large time period, but if you know the subject of the photo, your genealogical research should be able to help you narrow that. I now turn to fashion to see if what these men are wearing can help me narrow the date range of the photo.Close examination of sleeves and collars can provide valuable information.One of the things that can provide clues is the hair styles of the women in the picture, because just like today they changed hair styles.