Dating tin types by clothing
A Photograph for the Masses The tintype photograph saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type.
It’s like the elderly grandfather that saw everything.
For instance, the portraits at right were labeled, so I know them to be my grandmother’s two grandmothers — and the photo albums they came from suggested that the photographs were taken in the 1880s or 1890s.
Despite the womens’ different cultural backgrounds and individual tastes in fashion, the similar type of high, standing collars suggest that they’re on the earlier end of that time frame, most likely the mid-1880s.
Vintage hairstyles A look at how women wore their hair in eras past, illustrated with photos of modern recreations. It’s all in the (style) details Family demonstrates how to decipher the little details in photographs — such as the sleeve type and kinds of neckties.
More resource sites: Even if you think you’re on the right track, identifying fashions can help you confirm information.
The University of Vermont The site for the university’s Landscape Change program offers a wealth of information about dating vintage/antique photographs using cues such as women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories & mens fashions.
Broken down by decade: 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s Wikipedia The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia provides a nicely detailed collection of articles about the many eras of clothing fashion.
It began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality albumen prints on paper in the mid-1860s, yet survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty.If I needed more data points, other style cues I could research would be the fit of the dresses, the hairstyles, and their jewelry.