Dating photograph mounts

This sealed packet was then force fit into a special wood case and was often padded with velvet or silk. The first step was to make a negative image on a light sensitive paper.

Many times, the silver image tarnishes with silver sulfide in the same way as silverware. Step two was to make a contact [print] with a second sheet of sensitized paper to make a positive print. As the public sought lower prices, the cases (which cost more than the finished photographs) were eliminated.

Using dry mount paper and a hot iron can lead to potential photodamage if done incorrectly.

Wet mounting a photo is a good option for beginners looking for a quick mounting option.

These photographs have a neutral image tone and were most likely produced on a matte collodion, gelatin or gelatin bromide paper.The last cabinet cards were produced in the 1920s, even as late as 1924.


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