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I would appreciate any help in ascertaining the date of the photo below. enter image description here

The photograph is a cabinet card, taken in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by photographer FM Turner. There are no markings on the back of the card.

Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.25"
Cardstock is smooth on front and back
Lettering is gold
Border is embossed

According to wikipedia, Cabinet cards were most popular in the 1880s.

My research shows the photographer, FM Turner, in Tuscaloosa in the 1880 Census.

I'm hoping someone can help narrow down the timeframe based on the clothing, hair, or some other detail. Some details that might mean something to someone: ruffled collar, bow at neck in different fabric, pin at neck, style or placement of bow in hair.

I have looked through Joan Severa's Dressed for the Photographer, but have seen no examples with this style of ruffled collar.

I'm hoping that the photograph is of Amanda H Davis, who was born in 1861. Understanding the date of the photograph will help rule her in or rule her out.

Thanks in advance!

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Is this photo connected in any way with a Duncan Davis Photo? See the Genform posting: genforum.genealogy.com/al/fayette/messages/648.html –  Andy Hatchett Dec 22 '12 at 1:15
    
Yes. That was my post about Duncan Davis over a year and a half ago. I have made no progress on that photo. The Duncan Davis photo is by the same photographer (FM Turner), but has no embossed border and the photographer's marks are only embossed, not "gold". –  woman among men Dec 22 '12 at 6:18
    
Since posting this photograph, I have identified the photo as Della May Poe, born 1880, married 1907. –  woman among men Jun 15 '13 at 18:33

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Judging by the fact that the borders are embossed, I would hazard a guess at late 1880s to early 1890's.

It was a particular trend around that point in time to emboss the edges.

I cant quite see from the screen, but if the photographers name and studio are embossed as well as the inking on them, then that would be a strong pointer for the 1890's from my understanding.

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The photographer's marks are very slightly embossed. You have to run your finger over it to feel the indentation. –  woman among men Dec 22 '12 at 6:16
    
Thanks for the additional info. I would be reasonably confidant in saying that this was printed in the early 1890s in that case. –  AvieRose Dec 22 '12 at 14:22

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