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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.
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.
For example, early cabinet cards used the exact same process as the CDV, but were just larger. Note the size may vary up to 1/4", especially with early samples as the photographer may have cut his own card stock.
But generally they were close in size, partly due to the standard size of album slots.
The sewing machine was available for commercial use, resulting in the growth of textile mills and readymade clothes, especially for men.
The Singer home sewing machine was patented in 1851, allowing women to more easily make their own clothes.
General Rule: Elaborate props/background is post-1870 Tax Revenue Stamps were used to help pay for the Civil War.In 1864 two lines, a thin inner one and a thicker outer line, became popular.In the early 1870s, much thicker lines came into vogue, and then disappeared again later in the decade.Caution: Many square cards have been rounded through handling and wear.Look for even, sharp corners to decide if it was round or square.