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A lady said she wished to be taken two ways, "standing in her hat and sitting in her cap." As you please, but it is not usual for ladies to stand in their bonnets, and it would ruin your cap to sit in it.- Abraham Bogardus, Photographer 1895Card Measures - 2 3/8 x 4 1/16The corners of the card are rounded Photographer – J. No source found online.1870 Census – Switzerland County, Indiana J. Walton – Photographer - None found.1880 Census – Switzerland County, Indiana Joe E.Walton – photographer1910 Census – Switzerland County, Indiana Joseph E. The subject is either Susanna or Elizabeth and not someone else. Walton – photographer, own studio: Census:-Not listed 1870 census – census taken June 1870-Listed as a photographer 1880 census - census taken 8 June 1880The dates Walton became a photographer in Vevay, Indiana could have been sometime after June 1870 – and on or before 8 June 1880.: Carte-de-Visite's, or Cd V's, an albumen print measuring 2 ½ by 3 ½ mounted to a card measuring 2 ½ by 4 1/2. Age requirements of the subject of the portrait are that she must be at least 16 yrs. , a cost-effective way to get an expert opinion on your photo mystery.Looking at a picture and dating it, takes noticing all of the clues possible.
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March 1865 one-cent stamp for cards costing 10 cents or less March 1865 - one-cent stamp: Simple imprints on the back of the card, consisting of small typeset characters were used from 1860 to 1867.1860-62 single line imprint1861-66 two or three lines These two or three line imprints usually have statements such as "Duplicates can be had" or "negatives preserved" 1861-62 the above statements are missing1863-67 three or more lines, with larger type characters additional information1863-65 curved lines of text with curved lines and curlicues between and around them 1868-82 larger simple imprints, usually lengthwise on the back of the card (parallel to the longer edge, often one line of print at an angle to that line) 1870-1900 Typeset imprints with fancier font-types, and often-different fonts for each line, and sometimes a few curlicue lines between or below the text lines:1860-70 or later - standing figure with balustrades or steps in the background (may include columns). Suit composed of a fitted jacket with velvet front piece over a draped overskirt. Draped apron overskirt, gathered high and puffed at the back into the extreme supported bustle shape, corset. Sleeves are set high on the shoulder and tight on the arm. Fashion and hair are not always reliable, but here consistent with 1880 - 1890.1866 - 16 yrs. old (Photographer in business after June 1870 on or before 8 June 1880) 1880 - 30 yrs. old (date of marriage – wear ring after this date)1870 – Not born (Photographer in business after June 1870 on or before 8 June 1880) 1880 - 9 yrs. However, the clothing, hairstyle, and jewelry are consistent with 1880's.
Darrah suggests that a drape or column behind a standing figure yields a range of 1860-68. Short at the wrist, where velvet cuffs extend to the wrist.: Clothing follows the fashion found in 1880’s. old (would have been wearing children’s clothing)1887 – 16 yrs. old (date of marriage – wear ring after this date)Conclusion: Analysis of the information I have for the card itself is consistent with either Susanna or Elizabeth being the subject of the portrait. Therefore, Susanna could only be the subject of the photograph from 1880 - 1882 as she was married in 1882 (no wedding ring in photograph).
While their hair would not be short, the type of bun, bangs or no bangs can provide hints to the age of the photograph.
Men’s hair styles and facial hair is not as easy to decipher the photos age.
The paper backing on the photograph can tell the age of some pictures; this includes pictures that have tin that the photograph was placed on.