, our unique, automated DIY dating Wizard will date your carte de visite or cabinet card. The Wizard is based on the detailed and extensive analysis of over 10,000 dated cartes de visite and cabinet cards supplemented by examination of trade directory dates for over 33,000 UK photographers and 65,000 studio addresses.The Wizard will date photographs from any UK photographer but now also includes unique, detailed, specific sections for dating all photographs by the following major photographers The Wizard is simple – you just have to peruse the multiple choices and click where appropriate. The majority of card mounts were produced by a limited number of stationery printers who then customised them for a particular photographer by adding name, address, patrons, medals and various other individual requirements.Whilst a ‘not before’ date can be accurately established for any particular attribute, allowance has been made in the calculations for the fact that some photographers would take longer to use up their stock of card mounts than others.Some card mounts were produce by local printers and may not conform to the styles of the national providers.Both photos held in the family and those found in library, archive and museum collections can provide important research clues and help personalise your family history search.Unfortunately many old photographs don’t have much information – such as who is in the photo or when and where it was taken.
Always label who is in photographs in your own collections, if you know.Therefore, a particular design of card mount used in Manchester would be used at approximately the same time in York and Brighton as well – in fact countrywide.Many characteristics were short lived as new mount designs and features were constantly introduced by the printers to encourage photographers to buy more mounts so as to remain up to date and in fashion.Identifying people, places and events in old family photographs can be difficult.But the images themselves can provide clues: by Graham Jaunay (Adelaide Proformat, 2014).
Do it in soft pencil on the back or on a separate piece of paper kept with them. When you visit relatives, particularly older family members, take the photographs along and ask if they can identify the people or places.