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We have some 19th century photographs that I can not determine when they were taken.  Can you advise me on a good option to locate when these photographs were taken?  Sadly these are tintypes and not paper photographs do not have the advertiser listed.


I would strongly suggest the books of my colleague Maruen A. Taylor, Fashionable Folks Bonnets and Hats 1840. (Picture Perfect Press, 2011), and Fashionable Folks, Hairstyles 1840-1900. (Picture Perfect Books, 2009).  These two guides will assist you with hairstyles, hats and bonnets to help you date your 19th century photographs. Both of these titles are avalable from NEHGS
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