Like most old family photos that have been passed down the generations, it is not dated or identified.
Cabinet cards remained popular into the early 20th century, when Kodak introduced the Brownie camera and home snapshot photography became a mass phenomenon.and it spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America and the rest of the world.Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors.Her narrow front-buttoning costume is the elegant ‘Princess dress’ (named after Princess Alexandra), especially popular from 1876, and often accessorised with a moderate-tall hat or bonnet, as seen here.Typically the front of the skirt section of the gown is flat and gathered horizontally, while the back drapery cascades behind, a striking flounced and pleated train sweeping the floor.Wider photographic evidence drawn from firmly-dated examples demonstrates that this golden-yellow tone was most fashionable during the 1870s and 1880s, virtually obsolete by 1890.(4) The photographic studio is named as W G Moore of Sackville Street, Dublin.People were not only buying photographs of themselves, but also collecting photographs of celebrities.This photograph dates to c.1876-80, but how can we tell?This week’s photograph is an early cabinet card of a young man wearing a plain double breasted coat and what appears to be a clerical collar. Like the CDV, the photographs were albumen prints on very thin paper and were mounted on cards. Next search was for the photographer to try to narrow the date further. This type of photograph was introduced in 1866 in Great Britain but was not popular in the United States until the mid-1870s. Based on all these guidelines, we can estimate the card is an early version, up to the mid-1880s.