Many of us have family photographs where we cannot identify the subject, and all too often the relatives that might help us to do so are no longer with us. Therefore the topic for the April meeting of the society was of particular interest, and we had not one, but two photography experts on hand to give tips on identifying old photographs. David Alton and Graham Bandy were both informative and amusing as they took us through the simple steps to help with identification.
Style and size of the photograph is an important factor in providing a possible date. Earlier styles were Daguerrotype, around 1840/1850, with the image on silver plated copper sheets. Then there were Ferrotypes with the image on a sheet of laquered iron from 1856/1867. Cartes de Visite were popular, and cheap, from the late 1850s onwards. These were paper on card and typically measured two and a half by three and a quarter inches. Earlier versions had simple square cut corners which later became more rounded. Photographer's details were often printed or embossed on the lower front or back.