James Howie Junior  -  Carte de Visite

Dating of Photographs

Here is an attractive carte de visite from the studio of James Howie Junior.

Cartes de visite were small photographs, 3.5 ins x 2.25 ins mounted on trade cards 4.125 ins  x 2.5 ins, produced from the 1850s until around 1900.

They were usually studio portraits, often of a single figure, though the one below is of a larger group.

Photographers often wrote the negative number in pencil on the back, to be used if further copies were required.  They numbered their negatives sequentially, so even if a photo does not have a date on the back, a date can sometimes be estimated from details on the backs of other photos from the same studio.

Carte de Visite

Carte de visite by James Howie Junior  -  a group of eight

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alistair Crawford, Hastings, New Zealand

Back of Carte de Visite

The back of a carte de visite by James Howie Junior  -  a group of eight

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alistair Crawford, Hastings, New Zealand

Question

When was this photograph taken?

Answer

The image of the carte de visite above was provided by Alistair Crawford, Hastings, New Zealand, who enquired about its date.

Thank you to the owner of the author of www.cartedevisite.co.uk web site for supplying the following answer:

James Howie Junior

"I have the following dated cartes de visite from the studio of James Howie Junior, 60 Princes Street, Edinburgh:

No.  30767      1875

No.  31802      1876

No.  32269      1876, July 24

No.  36581      1878, August

No.  38486      1879

No.  42288      1888

Those shown in red above have backs similar in style to the back above, but printed in red. 

Those shown in grey have the fancy style of back, with a camera above a large monogram.

I think that the number on the carte de visite above is 36350.  If so, it was probably taken in early 1878."

 

 

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