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While these light colors were used for many years after, in the 1880s and later various colors were used.
Mounted photographs with multi color mounts and/or embossed designs, particularly an embossed faux frame and photgraphers name, date from after 1890 and usually after 1900.
1860s-1870s mounts were usually white, cream, sepia or very light grey.
For example, a black, green or dark grey mount more than likely dates to the 1880s or later.
If you find an 1892 cabinet card of the Harvard baseball team or 1910 imperial cabinet card showing a high school class there will be no more than a handful of other original copies and it often is unique.
Photograph albums began appearing in the early 1860s, starting a collecting activity that has lasted to the present time.
You may not think to look on the Internet for help in dating old photographs, but actually it's the best place to go.
See also: Safely store, display your old family photographs.
and it spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America and the rest of the world.
Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors.