Dating vintage photos

20-Jan-2018 17:31

Smarties Eggheads (pictured left) and Rowntree's Minty Eggs (pictured right) in 1991 show very different flavours to what is widely-known now.

When determining when a photo was taken, you have to consider more than the obvious.

This would lead you on a search for a list of business directory records of photographers from that time period.

Start a log of your findings, stay organized and persevere and have many sources agree before settling on an estimated date.

The Civil War changed fashion from extravagant to more conservative.

The Victorian era was the life span of Queen Victoria of England from 1837 to 1901, which influenced fashion and mourning customs after the death of Prince Albert in 1861.

The #1, the photographic method, #2, the clothes they are wearing and #3, the photographer's stamp, if there is one present.

Real Photo Postcards are photographs that are reproduced by actually developing them onto photographic paper the size and weight of Postcards, with a Postcard back.

There are many Postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT "real photos"..same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.

Using her fashion history training and 25 years' practical experience of dating and interpreting historical portraits, Jayne dates old clothing styles and other visual clues in 18th and 19th century artworks and silhouettes, Edwardian Victorian photographs, paintings and drawings, Edwardian photos and 20th century pictures.

She also uses further techniques for old photo dating, including identifying the type of photograph (its format), dating the card mount design and researching the photographer or studio's operational dates.Such as clothes worn, the background, objects in the background and the history of the photo (how did you acquire it).

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