Dating of photograph
Most of the data from the old photographs database is now included on our catalogue.
A paper index detailing place names and people/groups extracted from the database is still available at The National Archives.
For men, look at vests, neckties, the fit of a jacket (loose or fitted) and how it is buttoned.
Since I'm no fashionista, I turned to websites such as Family Chronicle, which also has published two books on dating photos, for help in matching styles with a particular era.
The younger man is not wearing a necktie, but his shirt has a pointed, flat collar. The tintype was taken in front of a painted background — hardly unusual for tintypes, but more likely found in St.
Tintypes This inexpensive photo process was similar to the Ambrotype, but instead of using a glass plate, the tintype image was processed on a thin sheet of blackened iron – not tin.
The name might come from the fact that tin shears were used to cut the iron plate.
Many photographs remain undiscovered in volumes, files and papers.
Combined, the quantity of photographic material runs into millions of individual items.