For instance, in a portrait, pay attention to accessories and props.
Look for signage and architectural details in an exterior photograph.
In addition, clothing, photographer's imprints and even the photographic technique can help you place the photograph in a timeframe.
Since few people can identify all clues in the picture, assigning a date will probably require a trip to the reference department of a large public or academic library.
It could belong to the children's father or be a gift for the Christmas shown. Household Decor Similar household decorations could be found in the Sears Catalog, which is digitized on
If you have a toy train collector in your family, show him or her this photo and let's see if they can date the era of this set. (I'll look there for the train, too.) Dating photos based household items is difficult, because families would keep themse items for years. Count The Clues in Your Own Images This image is a good example of how to break a picture down into clues.
Clothing Bobbed hairstyles for girls became popular about 1915 and remained in style throughout the estimated time frame for this picture.
Is it possible to determine whether a photograph was taken in the last years of the nineteenth century or the first few years of the twentieth century? Dating a photograph requires you to use your best genealogical research techniques, but it can be done.
You need to research every photographic clue and follow the leads to uncover the truth that is usually hidden in the elements of the photograph. Photographs offer many clues about ancestral lives, if you know what to look for. Then, using a magnifying glass, sweep across the image making notes of any details.
Dropped-waist dresses for little girls debuted at about the same time, but this outfit has a scalloped hemline. Vintage Train Set A whole village with "snow"-frosted foliage rests under this tree.
It's an electric train set with real street lights.