Dating cdv photographs

Photo above is an albumen print of an unidentified confederate Civil War soldier. Albumen prints were often mounted on cardboard carte-de-viste (CDVs).

Much like how genealogical resources and classes are helpful to discovering and sharing your family story, knowing some photography history can also be beneficial when it comes to identifying origins of old photos.During the 1860s the there were two types of card mounted photographs available to the public—the stereograph and the carte de visite (Cd V).Since their introduction in the United States around 1858, card mounted photographs became a popular and fairly inexpensive feature of the material culture.In America, daguerreotypes were often placed in hinged, wooden cases with paper or leather coverings.Image shown here is a daguerreotype of Bernice Pauahi before marriage from 1849/50. In 1841, William Henry Fox Talbot patented the process of salt printing — the first photographic process that used sodium chloride to make photos more light-sensitive.

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