Gelatin papers were introduced in the 1870s and started gaining acceptance in the 1880s and 1890s as the gelatin bromide papers became popular. A true black-and-white image on a cabinet card is likely to have been produced in the 1890s or after 1900.
The last cabinet cards were produced in the 1920s, even as late as 1924.
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Sometimes images from this period can be identified by a greenish cast.Information from other sources such as the UK census, trade advertisements and photographic ephemera is also available. Would the backs all have been out at the same time or changed as the years went by? I now have art work chosen by my Great, Great grandfather, and also see the people that hopefully he brought happiness to when capturing them in his work. Unfortunately many old family photographs are not annotated with the sitter’s name. Will dating my old photograph help me to decide who the subject is?Because of this, these are the questions we get asked again and again. Yes, an accurate date does help to pinpoint who the subject/s of the photograph might be.If you’re hitting a brick wall when it comes to identifying family members in old photos from the Victorian era, you’re not alone.