Family history and collecting old photographs are two very popular pastimes these days and old photographs can pose many questions such as ‘Who is it? Not many family photographs exist from that era unless they are beautiful images on a polished silver plate (that looks like a mirror).
If you are really lucky, you may have some early ones in ‘leather’ cases or in ornate shiny cases made of a black or brown plastic like material. Photography started in 1839 but at that time was really in the hands of a few scientists, professionals or wealthy amateurs.
Centrally located for easy access from Malaga, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera airports, Algodonales boasts beautiful National Parks nearby ideal for bird watching, enjoying activities such as walking, horse-riding, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, etc, and for nature lovers in general.
Non flyers would have plenty to do, not to mention visiting the nearby great cities.
We are located close to many fine flying sites, the main ones being Lijar and Ronda.
Carte de visite and cabinet portraits were also enlarged, over-painted in oils or crayon and framed. By the very late 1890s and especially by the 1900s, the topographical postcard was becoming very popular.
Up to this stage, photos were generally one-offs, there was no negative and multiple copies were impracticable.
Any copies required had to be photographed from the original – often with a distinct loss of quality.
To look at more precise ways of dating your family portraits, return to the Dating page.
Come and paraglide with Baz and Samantha Rhodes in Algodonales, Southern Spain, a traditional "pueblo blanco", one of the famed Andalucian white villages, also renowned for being the paragliding "Mecca" of Andalucia.