These 2 1/2-by 4-inch prints also became the standard medium for photos of soldiers during the Civil War.
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.
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.
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I thought how useful it would be to have a similar list for Wales and discovered that two lists had been published by the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.
They were Dyfed Photographers by Megan Colboun, which covered Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and The Commercial Camera in Cardiff 1855-1920 by Stephen K Jones.
Enter a photo type into its search engine and you will see many examples that may turn out to be similar to the photograph you are researching. Both the men in my photo are young, but one appears to be older than the other, and he has arm slung around his younger brother's shoulders. The elder is wearing a watch chain and a pinky ring. Michael was seven years older than Peter, who was seven years older than Timothy.
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.