At first, the styles of cabinet cards followed those of the carte de visite.
As the popularity of the cabinet card rose, it began to dictate style to the waning carte de visite.
In my photo, both men are wearing loose-fitting jackets with wide lapels.
Note that dating the mount does not necessarily date the image.Since I'm no fashionista, I turned to websites such as Family Chronicle, which also has published two books on dating photos, for help in matching styles with a particular era.Consulting experts such as Maureen Taylor, whose website includes a blog and provides teleseminars, are also a good resource.Other things to look for on women are the presence and size of a bustle and the fullness of the skirt.For men, look at vests, neckties, the fit of a jacket (loose or fitted) and how it is buttoned.The younger man is not wearing a necktie, but his shirt has a pointed, flat collar. The tintype was taken in front of a painted background — hardly unusual for tintypes, but more likely found in St.The jackets seem to indicate a photo taken in the 1870s, but I'm still not certain. I knew from my earlier research that all three of my great-grandfather's brothers eventually wound up farming in Kansas, after stops in Washington, D. Louis than a small town in Kansas that wasn't organized until 1871.Sometimes a good guess is as close as you'll get to the answers.There were several photo techniques used in the mid- and late-1800s, some of the most common include: Daguerreotypes This first successful photo process is attributed to Louis Daguerre.First introduced in the 1860s, cabinet card photographs were similar to cartes-de-visite, only larger.Measuring approximately four inches by six inches and mounted on cardstock (similar to cardboard), cabinet card photos got their name from their size—they were just the right size to be displayed on a cabinet.