Based on its size and composition, I confirmed that my picture was a tintype, a photographic technique that came into use in the mid-1850s and lasted until the turn of the century. But it does help me rule out a pairing of Michael and Timothy.Knowing the type of photo can still leave a large time period, but if you know the subject of the photo, your genealogical research should be able to help you narrow that. I now turn to fashion to see if what these men are wearing can help me narrow the date range of the photo.

Someone in the family is sure that a photo depicts a certain person, but your intuition says maybe not. In the 1920s, men wore completely different suits with celluloid-collared shirts. I'm wondering if the family owns a companion photo of his bride.

The clothing fits the period: turned-up collar, silk necktie and narrow lapels. It documents a man around the time of his marriage.

I asked you to compare these two men and give me your opinion. I wanted the photo reunion to be real, but when I received her emailed photo, it was clear that the two men weren't the same.

It was a case of mistaken identity because the men had the same facial shape, mustache and even hairline. Not everyone can read faces, and even technology can get it wrong.

Two young men stare out at me from a small old photograph. A variety of websites offer tips and tools, and they have the great advantage of being able to provide visual aids.

On the back, in my grandmother's handwriting, is written "Grandpa King's brothers." At least I've got some information to work with, but I'm eager to learn more: When was the picture taken? Which two of my great-grandfather's brothers are these? Type of photograph To learn more about my mystery photo, I checked examples of photos in the collections of Andrew J. Both websites detail the history of photography, including samples of various types of photography, such as daguerreotype, cabinet card and tintype.

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.

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