Do you have a wedding photo of your ancestors in your collection? Would you recognize your ancestor’s photograph as a wedding photo? Photography started in the 1840’s but wedding photography did not become popular until the late 19th century. Even then, those of lesser means could not afford a formal wedding portrait. The earlier photographs were studio portraits. The photography equipment was too cumbersome to transport. Technology also had not advanced to the point of taking candid photographs of the actual wedding event. Often couples would pose before or after the wedding for a portrait in their best clothes or “Sunday clothes”. Brides did not always wear bridal gowns. A…
Preserving Your Memories for Generations to Come! Are you family’s photographs stored in a box tucked away in an attic? In a basement? In a trunk in the barn? Do you know you need to do something to preserve your family’s photos and memories, but not what that something is? May I introduce you to personal photo organizers Michele Doyle and Dorothy Tucker of Preserving Your Heritage.
Have you found a carte de visite among your family’s photographs? Often referred to as a CDV, characteristics of the CDV can help you narrow the time frame or the photograph.
Are you fortunate enough to have photographs of your ancestors? Even just 1 or 2? If so, you know how much family photographs add to your research experience. This month we have been focusing on our family heirloom photographs. We’ve explored how to identify a photograph and the individuals in it. We’ve looked at case studies of photographs. We’ve explored how to safely store our heirloom photographs. You will find these other photo related posts helpful, too.