The existence of a postmark on the back of a photographic postcard is another unambiguous indication of the date of an image.
Dating old photos children
For instance, a calendar present in the image can assign a month and year to the scene.
If the year is unclear you can use a perpetual calendar to track down possible years.
But to get you started, here are seven tips for dating a photograph, using 1900 as an example.
Internal details are the little things that we take for granted in most pictures -- the objects in the image.
In exterior scenes, are there cars, sports equipment, or signs present?
If so, you can begin to date the photograph to the turn of the century by researching the types of items people used during that time period.
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.
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