Books on dating old photos
There are so many clues that can help you date this old photograph: the animal skin prop, the clothes worn by the baby, the photographic format and the photographer’s imprint. Ever been at a family reunion and realize that the old mystery photos are being passed around to see if anyone can figure out who’s who?Here are several sites that can help you put your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents on the right branches of your family tree.
Two young men stare out at me from a small old photograph. A variety of websites offer tips and tools, and they have the great advantage of being able to provide visual aids.
For instance, the portraits at right were labeled, so I know them to be my grandmother’s two grandmothers — and the photo albums they came from suggested that the photographs were taken in the 1880s or 1890s.
Despite the womens’ different cultural backgrounds and individual tastes in fashion, the similar type of high, standing collars suggest that they’re on the earlier end of that time frame, most likely the mid-1880s.
The University of Vermont The site for the university’s Landscape Change program offers a wealth of information about dating vintage/antique photographs using cues such as women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories & mens fashions.
Broken down by decade: 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s Wikipedia The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia provides a nicely detailed collection of articles about the many eras of clothing fashion.
Vintage hairstyles A look at how women wore their hair in eras past, illustrated with photos of modern recreations. It’s all in the (style) details Family demonstrates how to decipher the little details in photographs — such as the sleeve type and kinds of neckties.