Start Dating a photograph by clothing

Dating a photograph by clothing

These hats are wide enough to be circabut could be as early as bearing in mind some of the clothes.

I did notice that one of the women in the photo centre has a selection of small badges on her coat lapels, typical symbols worn by members of church based organizations such as Band of Hope Temperance Society, or the Mother's Union sections.

By the s, the plain knitted jersey with a collar - and sometimes a long knitted tie attached - was widely worn by younger boys.

This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.

Reference circle 1 left, is probably one of the best sections to use for generally dating the picture.

Unfortunately many old family photographs are not annotated with the sitter’s name. Will dating my old photograph help me to decide who the subject is?

Because of this, these are the questions we get asked again and again. Yes, an accurate date does help to pinpoint who the subject/s of the photograph might be.

Since I'm no fashionista, I turned to websites such as Family Chronicle, which also has published two books on dating photos, for help in matching styles with a particular era.

Consulting experts such as Maureen Taylor, whose website includes a blog and provides teleseminars, are also a good resource.

The younger man is not wearing a necktie, but his shirt has a pointed, flat collar. The tintype was taken in front of a painted background — hardly unusual for tintypes, but more likely found in St.

The jackets seem to indicate a photo taken in the 1870s, but I'm still not certain. I knew from my earlier research that all three of my great-grandfather's brothers eventually wound up farming in Kansas, after stops in Washington, D. Louis than a small town in Kansas that wasn't organized until 1871.

Knowing when a photograph was taken, where it was taken – together with the details of the image itself – often make it possible to decide who the sitter really is. Sometimes it can even confirm that it is NOT who you think it is! There can be so many clues which, when all taken together, can give you a very accurate result.