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How Women's Fashion Can Help Date Old Photographs
View Basket. Get the very best family history how-to advice, resources, news and special offers every month. Plus, receive our FREE Family History Notebook, a handy resource to help you keep track of your findings with charts and research logs. Photo-dating expert Jayne Shrimpton says it's never too soon to try to identify ancestors in heirloom photographs in your family archive Most of us have at least some old family photographs that have been handed down the generations and these are very special heirlooms - among the most intimate and personal items associated with past family members. Sometimes we already know for certain, or have a good idea, which ancestors are pictured in these historic images, but since many photographs were not firmly identified at the time, there may well be some whose subjects are completely unrecognisable to us today.
Dolores's interest in fashion history dates from her teenage years when vintage apparel was widely available in thrift stores. Trying to identify ancestors while looking at old photographs can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have one of those families where the same face reappears every generation or so. One method is to study what kind of clothing a subject is wearing in a portrait. This is easiest if the subject is female as women's fashions change more quickly than for men. In general, old photos of family members were posed and often taken by professional photographers.
Have you ever tried to figure out when an old family photo was taken? It can be a maddening process! We wanted to put together a definitive guide to help you figure out how to date old photos. Scroll down to get started The process became most popular in period from , but began to wane in the following years. If you have a photo that is cased, has a mirror-like quality where the image changes based on the angle, and the back of it looks like it has some copper and silver elements, you have a daguerrotype, which means likely
How to spot dating clues in old photos
Old photographs can be a great way to investigate historical events, your own family, or just a different time period. The styles in photos, though, as well as what the image was printed on, can give you major insight into about when the image was taken. You just need to do some investigating into the photo subjects and image composition.