Dating old english photographs
These photographs have a neutral image tone and were most likely produced on a matte collodion, gelatin or gelatin bromide paper.
Sometimes images from this period can be identified by a greenish cast.
Manufactures of standardized card stock and print materials hoped to stimulate sales and retain public interest in card photographs.
However, later into its popularity, other types of papers began to replace the albumen process.Small stands and photograph frames for the table top replaced the heavy photograph album.Photo album manufacturers responded by producing albums with pages primarily for cabinet cards with a few pages in the back reserved for the old family carte de visite prints.Gelatin papers were introduced in the 1870s and started gaining acceptance in the 1880s and 1890s as the gelatin bromide papers became popular. A true black-and-white image on a cabinet card is likely to have been produced in the 1890s or after 1900.The last cabinet cards were produced in the 1920s, even as late as 1924.
In the mid-20th century, developments made it possible for amateurs to take pictures in natural color as well as in black-and-white.