YoCo Dates Photos with the Ottawa Jewish Archives, Part 6: Albumen Photos

The Bytown Museum Youth Council recently hosted guest speaker, Saara Mortensen, archivist from the Ottawa Jewish Archives to learn about the history of photography and techniques for determining the age of a photo.


  1. Albumen pictures was created in 1847 by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, and was the first commercially available method of producing a photographic print on a paper base from a negative image. The albumen - the liquid in egg whites - bound the photographic chemicals to the paper, preserving the image. The albumen process was very popular from its conception until the beginning of the 20th century.
  2. Albumen - Oval Portrait CDV
    Albumen - Oval Portrait CDV
  3. As methods of photograph became more accessible to the public in the latter 19th century, more people wanted their photographs taken. Photo studios opened, allowing for people to come in and take a variety of staged shots.