Dating old family photographs


07-Oct-2019 10:53

Location Sometimes a photo may be taken in front of a house or at an event.

Street signs may provide a small detail in a photograph. Use photo editing software programs to enlarge photos so that you can see that detail.

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.

Photos taken during the Civil War may have a tax revenue stamp on it.

Jewelry might help date a photo especially in cases where men are wearing fraternal organization medals.

With that said, clothing is one resource for you in identifying the age of a portrait but it is not the only source.

This site includes an easy to understand history of 19th century photographic techniques, along with photographic examples.



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