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Also, some cards were hand trimmed by the owner, usually at an angle for easy placement in albums.
Early camera and lens technology did not produce large, sharp images. Just as when any new technology is introduced, all photographers did not replace their equipment with the latest cameras at once.
From August 1864 to August 1866 photographs were taxed, which required that stamps be affixed to the photo.
This has become a great way to date Civil War era photos.
Assembling a collection of family photographs became a popular tradition.
While a little riskier to use as a definitive dating technique, it is still worthwhile to know the border styles as they evolved, particularly in the later 1860s and early 1870s. In about 1862 a single thin line, sometimes two lines were used to outline the picture area.Decorate your personal profile with photo and indicate the type of military person and relationships you are looking for on site.