Phototree.com™, the leader in delivering historical photograph information to genealogists and collectors, unveiled at the RootsTech 2013 conference their latest book titled 19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide™, A Step-by-Step to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards. Written for the experienced and novice genealogists or historian, this book guides the reader through the steps used to determine the date of old card photographs.

The full color KwikGuide is written in an easy to follow, step-by-step format that walks the reader through the common and seldom used photograph characteristics that can help the researcher determine a photograph’s date usually within two to six years.
This book is an update of the popular version released for the iPad two years ago. New research includes a section on foreign photographs and their similarities with American photographs.

The KwikGuide chapters include :

  1. A Brief History of Photography
  2. Cartes de Visite
  3. Cabinet Cards
  4. Studio Props
  5. Unique Photograph Formats
  6. 20th Century Photograph Introduction
  7. And appendices of common photographs sizes and web research.

With over 200 color photographs and 90 pages, each chapter reveals the clues that indicate when the photograph was taken. This helps the genealogist determine who the picture could be, and just as important, who the picture could not be. For the historian and photo collector, establishing a valid photograph date is important to context, historical accuracy, and even value of the photograph.

19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide is available for $17.95 from Family Roots Publishing. Click on the link for more information.

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced PhotoTree.com to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs