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Many images in our collection have come to us with only the barest of details attached.
Your knowledge, interest and enjoyment in identifying dates and locations is helping us to fill in some of the blanks and, in turn, provide better access to the State’s archives.
A close rival in popularity to the photo posts is Useful Tips for Reading Handwritten Documents which became a long list of tips and tricks generated by comments from you and from State Records staff.
The first step in dating 19th century photographs is identifying which technology was used to create the picture.
This is straightforward detective work for most images, but very early photographs can be misleading.
Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout th 1800s.
So, the first step in narrowing the possible date for your old photograph is to be able to identify 19th century photographs to determine what type you have.
The information provided here can turn you into a proficient photo detective.
The vast majority of antique photographs taken in the 19th century were one of the following types.
CLICK ON EACH type to see detailed characteristics.
Kwik Tip research guides give you a convenient and fact-filled tool to help you determine dates for your 19th century photographs pictures.