Dating photographs from costume

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As you begin to ask questions about your photographs, don't forget that the most important information can be found by talking with relatives and looking at your family history.Our ancestors documented important events in their lives with photographs.Please bring photographs with you to the lecture and we will all try to date them for you using the techniques outlined in the presentation.Ideally, attendees will scan their photos and send them to the location of the talk.The photos can easily be printed onto transparency paper (any office supply store or copy shop can do this) so we can all see them projected on the screen.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.

Be on the lookout for the following: Clothing provides one of the most specific ways to accurately date an image.Basic facial recognition will also be covered which will help identify the same person in several photos over time.There are some good, easy tricks which you will learn in this workshop-format presentation.If the year is unclear you can use a perpetual calendar to track down possible years.The existence of a postmark on the back of a photographic postcard is another unambiguous indication of the date of an image.Family photographs are hard to date once the generation pictured has passed away.

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