Belgian Photographic Types: Snapshots

Figure 1.--This is a studio portrait, but done on the same paper used for snap shots. It was dated April 22, 1951. Notice the narrow border and serrated edsge. The format was rectangular, 2.7 x 4.3 inches.

We note the same types of photographic images that we see elsewhere in Europe. As in other European countries we note very few Dags an Ambros, especially the cased images that were so common in America. We believe that there were large numbers of CDVs and cabinet cards although we have found very few to archive. We do have quite a number of 20th century images both portraits and snapshots. Most 19th century photographs were portraits. After the turn-ofthe 20th century we begin to see snapshots which became and important part of the photographic record. Most come from the post-World War I era beginning in the 1920s. We note snap shot prints done in different shapes, including the square print here from the 1950s (figure 1). We also note a range of borders including smooth and ragged, serrated borders. Here we see the serrted edges in the 1950s. Some portraits were done on the same photogrphic paper used for snapshots. These various characteristics are useful in dating snapshots.


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