The Latimer Collection contains many old family photographs. In this section we will deal with the various Cabinet Cards and Early 1900’s Gelatin-Silver Prints in the collection.
Surnames found in the photographs are: Borthwick; Boyd; Coward; Davenport; Davis; Dobbs; Gilroy; Halliday; Hicks; Hicky; Latimer; Percival; Phelps; Scott; Simpson; Slack; Talpin and Wright
In the early 1870’s Cabinet Cards became popular. Cabinet Cards were also usually albumen prints, but larger, mounted on cardboard backs measuring 4 1/2” by 6 1/5”. Cabinet cards remained popular into the early 20th century, when Kodak introduced the Brownie Cameras and home snapshot photography became widely available and affordable to the general population.
Gelatin Silver Prints vs Albumen Prints
Early 1900’s gelatin-silver prints are often mistaken for albumen prints. Early gelatin silver prints often have an albumen-like sepia tone and can be mounted to a cardboard backing. Except for some early circa 1890’s examples, the gelatin-silver print is identified, as the paper fibers in the image cannot be seen under the microscope.
If the photograph is dated to the early 1900’s by the image subject or mount style, the photograph probably is gelatin-silver, not albumen.
In the 1890’s, albumen prints and gelatin prints were roughly about equal in popularity.
Many gelatin silver photographs have stark black and white images, distinct to the sepia tones of an albumen print.
Gelatin silver prints with white borders usually date from the 1910’s and later. Before this, the photos almost always had full bleed images.
We believe the following photographs to be Gelatin Silver Prints.
Glen Buell Gathering
L-R: Roy Scott; Lytle James Latimer; Hazel Latimer (married Coon); Grandma Margaret Scott (nee Dixie); Joshua Gilroy; Sarah Boyd; Deborah Adella Latimer (nee Scott) ; Hugh Latimer, Unknown; Sarah Latimer (nee Boyd); Becky Gilroy; Hattie Latimer (Harriet S. Mott) wife of Richard Latimer; George Boyd; Small child in front with doll is not identified
Scott Homestead at Glenn Buell: Standing on top of porch- Eric Dobbs; L-R: Andy Pepper (a neighbour), Deborah Adella Scott, Grandmother and Grandfather Scott; Roy Scott; Kneeling in front with a dog is Anne Eliza Scott who married a Percival