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19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards [Paperback]

Gary W. Clark
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4 Mar 2013
19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide presents an easy-to-follow set of clues that guides genealogist, historians, and other researchers through the task of dating their card photographs from the 1800s. With over 200 high quality documented photographs included as examples for every clue, the researcher can accurately and with confidence determine most photograph dates to within two to six years. This book illustrates photographic technology changes that occurred frequently throughout the 19th century. These changes have been verified, tracked, and dated, providing a timeline of identifiable characteristics. Traditional review of style and fashion are also included, many with new insight. This KwikGuide presents a fresh and comprehensive approach to researching and dating 19th century photographs. By following the easy-to-use numbered clues, reviewing tables and checklists, and comparing images to their own, the researcher can easily become an expert at dating old photographs.

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: UltraLetters (4 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983578559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983578550
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 19th century photo quick 14 Sep 2013
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Clear, good sample photographs, well annotated, good index and has helped date many photo's in my collection and a good addition to
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously good in parts 11 April 2013
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As a guide to dating of old portrait photographs, Clark's KwikGuide works efficiently well, but essentially for the American CDV and cabinet card. Collectors of photographs from other countries could be disappointed in this publication. Instead of admitting its Americo-centric approach, the author felt obliged to add some scanty information on CDVs and cabinet cards 'from around the world', claiming that they are all pretty much the same as American cards, with a few unhelpful provisoes like the possibility of finding dirndls and lederhosen in pictures from Bavaria and Austria, and stating that 'Nordic countries have distinct fashion looks also'. His historical introduction also has the appearance of having been rapidly thrown together from the major sources. It contains much repetition and some glaring errors of grammar, as if it had been jotted down from dictation. Despite Clark's introductory statement that he is a professional photographer and a life-long photography enthusiast, he three times writes of 'melainotypes' rather than 'melanotypes' and carelessly mentions that his description of the daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype photographic processes (developed over approximately the last 60 years of the nineteenth century) 'skips over hundreds of years of science and experimentation'! But as a guide to dating, mainly American, photographs, it seems fine enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the many I've looked at 30 Mar 2013
By J. Micalizio - Published on Amazon.com
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I've purchased a couple of books on dating 19th century photographs and looked at many more and this one is by far the best. After a very short history of Carte de Visite's (CDV) and Cabinet Card photos, the majority of the book gives you clues in an orderly manner to date your photo. An example, for CDVs look first at thickness, then borders, corners, imprint, size, stamps, clothes,& studio, and the book explains in good depth what to look for under each heading. This book makes it easy to be accurate within just a few years. There are numerous charts and even a checklist for Carte de visites. It's just as informative for Cabinet Cards. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Handy 16 Oct 2013
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Lots of pertinent information, lots of examples both in the book and on the website. A great help in dating real photo postcards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for identifying cabinet cards and CDVs 14 May 2013
By Postcard Judy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a collection of Cabinet Cards and this book helped me learn a lot about them. There is ton of information and photos. You can date the photos by paper printed on, type of edging on card, is the printers name embellished or plain, the color of the card. Also pictures of the styles of hair and clothing help identify the age. I highly recommend this book which is truly a quick guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cabinet Cards & card de Visites 13 April 2014
By Gail Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent source to identify cabinet cards based on card stock, borders, backgrounds and information on back of card.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Guide 28 Feb 2014
By William K. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I inherited a large number of Cabinet Photos and CDVs. Of course, none contained any identification info. This guide is superb in helping you date photos based on the photograph characteristics (e.g., card thickness, background, clothing and hair styles, etc.). This is an excellent guide.
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