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Dating 19th century photographs

Many images in our collection have come to us with only the barest of details attached.

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.

Women's fashions changed quite often and even the poorest women made attempts to keep up with the latest trends.

In order to accurately date a photograph based on clothing, it is important to compare your photograph with others taken around the same time.

You have used such a variety of methods in dating the featured photos that we thought you’d like to share them in one place and help out those who are new to the ‘craft’.

For instance, do you date photos from: the clothing people are wearing; the cars you see; the progress of building construction; the appearance of telegraph poles; an historic event…or something unusual?

Another apparent clue is a handwritten note on the back of the image with a year.