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Photographs were taxed between August and August to help finance the Civil War, with the tax stamp affixed to the photo. Early on, imprints were simply one or tow lines giving the name and location of the photographer. The conclusion we came to was that this was an older ambrotype or daguerreotype image copied onto the cabinet card. By the mid s gold gilded, beveled edges were used.
Some are plain, while others are ornate. The photographer may have been using up old card stock. And I have been inspired to start a database of local photographers to help us in our future searches. Often copies were made of an older image. Examples with carbon prints and cyanotypes bright blue images are rare but can be found.
The card stock or decoration can only date the card, not the image. They were used for many purposes, including as identification cards for soldiers, trade cards for businesses and as family photos. The mount thickness changed over time, with the earlier ones being thinner than the later ones. This photo was purchased from a collector in Delavan, Wisconsin so it is possible the picture was not picked up by the Green family and was taken to Wisconsin by the Wells family.
The City Directory for Mishawaka does not include a listing for A. Gallery operators replenished their supply of card stock about every six months and card manufacturers encouraged this demand by brining out a new line of decorative cards each year.
The card is plain, lightweight Bristol board. The mount corners are square. The size of portrait and pose are also keys to arriving at a more precise date.
Exceptions to these trends will be found. Rather than concentrate on the Green family, for this post I decided to follow the photographer. Most s cartes will have gelatin-silver prints with more black and white images. By the late s backgrounds were often busy and garish. The early studio backgrounds in the images were typically plain.
The s mounts are typically thinner than the s mounts which are typically thinner than the s and later mounts. It is also possible, but less likely that the photographers had left over blank cards and the picture was actually taken in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Starting in the early s the mounts had rounded corners and came in more colors. Albumen prints were regularly used until the early to mid s.
In the United States cartes became popular at the beginning of the Civil War. Large ornate studio names on the bottom front of the mount are typical of late s cartes. Note that dating the mount does not necessarily date the image. Trends in imprint styles can help approximate a date.
Cartes of popular subjects could be bought at local stores. The following describes the general trends.
Later imprints show a great variety and richness of ornamentation. The complexity of imprint is another factor in dating a card. While often there is the studio name printed on back, there usually is no printed text on the front. Collecting cartes and putting them into specially made albums was a popular hobby, and many of these albums exist today.
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