Janet Dippo is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer of a major national research and development laboratory.
When not at the office, Janet pursues her passion for jewelry, antiques, the Southwest, and collecting.
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Welcome to the fourth in our series of blogs about how to understand and interpret your old family photos.
At some point, I had this brilliant idea of using the information in the book as a general guide for dating vintage costume jewelry, listing things such as rhinestone colors, types of materials, design themes, etc.
Fortunately, there are many great books that specifically discuss dating antique and vintage jewelry and you can use them to fill-in the blanks.
Dating old photographs accurately is the only way to begin incorporating them into our family history research in a meaningful way: after all, we wouldn’t dream of accepting any undated or unidentified printed records or manuscript documents as serious evidence.
This is her first book related to her collecting habit.Personal items could certainly be brought along from home for photograph sittings but were usually only included if they carried positive associations and improved the appearance of the picture.The photographer took full control of the client, advising on facial expression and arranging head, body and limbs into a pleasing pose.Photographs survive in far greater numbers for the 1860s, the decade that saw the rise of the carte de visite, and for most early cdvs a completely different composition and more extensive room setting was used.Single figures are usually posed, doll-like, full-length in a mock drawing-room interior, showing floor, decorative wainscot and generally with a draped curtain to one side: younger people often stand, with elbow or hand resting on a strategically-placed piece of furniture such as a chair or table (fig.2), while elderly sitters, still full-length, are generally seated.