Baltimore City Nineteenth-Century Photos  


Baltimore City Nineteenth-Century Photos

Identifying Photographs

Identifying 19th-century photographic subjects can be a very difficult task.
Photographic technique (albumen print, tin-type, etc) may narrow the field a bit
but dating photos is better undertaken through the study of clothing,
accessories (jewelry, ties, so forth), hair styles and props.

Identification of subjects in 19th-century photos is a bit beyond the scope of
this web page, however there are many useful resources for the amateur sleuth.

The most helpful print source that I have located recently is:

Maureen Taylor, Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs
published by Betteryway Books ( in 2000.
Cost is under $20.00

Other helpful print publications include:

O. Henry Mace, Collector's Guide to Early Photographs published
by Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Radnor, Pa. in 1990.
Cost is under $20.00

The Second Edition of Mace's work was published in 1999 by Krause Publication,
Iola, WI. It is an expanded version of the original. Price not available.

James M. Reilly, Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic
Prints published by Kodak in 1986.
Softcover edition is $30.00

There are many on-line sources for dating and identifying vintage photographs.
Some of these can be found in my Links section.

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