Dating vintage photos
The following are some steps to consider in identifying your old photos: Identifiers Besides a name written on the back of a photo, there are several identifiers that can help you in your quest.
Some things to look for in a photo are: Photographic Process When you look at the photo, one way to date its origin is by determining the photographic process that was used to create it.
Certain types of scenes were popular in different time periods; for example, frontier scenes and landscapes were popular in the 19th century.
Some props may have been the photographers, like books, so don't assume that because your ancestor was posing next to it that it was theirs.
Your ancestor may have only owned one nice dress or suit that was used for all sorts of occasions.
Perhaps they did not own a nice suit of clothing and borrowed one from the photographer.
A few years back, I was involved in selling scrapbook supplies.No names were printed on the back, no familiar faces looked back at her so she did what she felt was her only reasonable option, she threw them away.Now, after I picked myself off the floor, I tried to explain to her that there were ways to identify photos and perhaps in the future opportunities would arise that would help her figure out these long lost family members.Men's clothing styles did not change as often as women's.Some men's hats have been in style for over 100 years.