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Using this broad approach, with an emphasis on dating old fashions, she successfully determines an accurate and usually close date range for family photographs and artworks and can often suggest the occasion that inspired their creation - an engagement, wedding, 'breeching', 'coming of age', 21st or landmark birthday, new job, wedding anniversary or mourning.
She works mainly with family historians, dating old photos, carte de viste cards, postcards, cabinet cards and analysing family pictures, but also helps institutions and groups who would like to date an old photo or understand their vintage image collection.
Initially, cabinet cards were made from natural raw bristol board, both front and back.
But in the mid-1870s the backs were coated with soft off-white or even light pastel ink.
A Rare Find This was a recent find in a Madison, IN antique store.
While it was attractive and buying was an easy decision, it was not until I got it home that I decided it was a great buy. Large oval pictures became popular in the late 1880s, lasting well into the 1900s.