Dating photographs by clothing

19-Feb-2018 19:05

The existence of a postmark on the back of a photographic postcard is another unambiguous indication of the date of an image.Another apparent clue is a handwritten note on the back of the image with a year.Find the working dates for them by consulting city directories, local historical societies or published directories of photographers.As you begin to ask questions about your photographs, don't forget that the most important information can be found by talking with relatives and looking at your family history.But to get you started, here are seven tips for dating a photograph, using 1900 as an example.Internal details are the little things that we take for granted in most pictures -- the objects in the image.

If so, you can begin to date the photograph to the turn of the century by researching the types of items people used during that time period.

Is it possible to determine whether a photograph was taken in the last years of the nineteenth century or the first few years of the twentieth century? Dating a photograph requires you to use your best genealogical research techniques, but it can be done.

You need to research every photographic clue and follow the leads to uncover the truth that is usually hidden in the elements of the photograph. Photographs offer many clues about ancestral lives, if you know what to look for. Then, using a magnifying glass, sweep across the image making notes of any details.

For instance, a calendar present in the image can assign a month and year to the scene.

If the year is unclear you can use a perpetual calendar to track down possible years.

If so, you can begin to date the photograph to the turn of the century by researching the types of items people used during that time period.

Is it possible to determine whether a photograph was taken in the last years of the nineteenth century or the first few years of the twentieth century? Dating a photograph requires you to use your best genealogical research techniques, but it can be done.

You need to research every photographic clue and follow the leads to uncover the truth that is usually hidden in the elements of the photograph. Photographs offer many clues about ancestral lives, if you know what to look for. Then, using a magnifying glass, sweep across the image making notes of any details.

For instance, a calendar present in the image can assign a month and year to the scene.

If the year is unclear you can use a perpetual calendar to track down possible years.

Always remember that it is the sum total of the details that decide on a date. Taylor, Owner and Principal of Ancestral Connections, combines her background in history, genealogy, photography and library science to assist individuals and institutions with research and project management.