I only wish I had images as old as Daguerrotypes in my family collection. Optionally add an image JPEG only. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Tintypes were popular for more than 30 years. The bodice of her dress along with the narrow sleeve is also indicative of this time period.
The primary difference is the size.
How to Date an Old Photograph
Research the hair and clothing fashions you find. Create a Family Timeline. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. With this information, you will be able to estimate the date your photograph was taken and begin to narrow down who could possibly be in the photograph. Her full skirt and the fuller sleeves were common in the fashions of Civil War women. The carte de visite gained popularity quickly during the Civil War as soldiers and family exchanged photographs. I have one more suggestion — I have been successful in dating some of my cabinet cards by cross referencing the photographer in the city directory of the time period, noting what years that photographer appeared at the particular address printed on the card.