Dating old family photos
Check city directories for the area (found in libraries) or ask the members of local historical or genealogical society to determine the time period the photographer was in business. Some photographers were only in business for a few years, so this information may help you really narrow down the time period when a photograph was taken.
You may also be able to find a published directory of photographers working in your specific region, such as by Linda A. Ruby (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999) or this online list of Early St. The setting or backdrop for a photograph may be able to provide clues to location or time period.
Your amazing contributions to the Moments in Time photo series have really blown us away here Archives Outside.
Overview of Photograph Types & Techniques Check both the front and the back of the photograph (and its case if it has one) for a photographer's name or imprint.
If you're lucky, the photographer's imprint will also list the location of his studio.
A large 1000 plus list of photographers and photographs a few have estimated dates.1000 photographs (at Rootsweb) to 8. This can help to limit the date that the photograph was produced to the years they were operating or sometimes at a particular address. ) City of London Costume Detective by Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era A-Z, UK. Photographers Slaters' Directory 1868 Part of England and Wales (by R. Vaughan) 1868 Directory High Street Photographers in Aberystwyth 1857 - c1900 Aberystwyth 14.
Frequently Asked Questions (I have a photo like yours...) FAQ 9. - here is some useful basic information on sizes, types and descriptions and when used, that may help as a first step if you are not sure. The negative number book from Hills & Saunders, Harrow Branch, is now online, if you have a numbered photo from this studio then you may find out who the person was or look through the A - Z to spot names. Family history and collecting old photographs are two very popular pastimes these days and old photographs can pose many questions such as Who is it? Here are a few lists to work through: Search by Photographer's Name and County by Rosemary & Stan Rodliffe Index of Photographers etc City of Bristol, UK. Postcards (early 20th C.): Many have the date franked over the stamp, but some were not posted, and some effort has gone into identifying the area (box) where the stamp was stuck on, known as the Stamp Box (mostly USA but some Europe).
You have used such a variety of methods in dating the featured photos that we thought you’d like to share them in one place and help out those who are new to the ‘craft’.