Dating vintage photos

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Fashion in photographs It was understood that clients visiting the photographer's studio (or, less commonly, those inviting a photographer to their home) would be dressed in their best quality, most fashionable clothing.

These are daguerreotypes as invented by Daguerre in France.

This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.

We now live in a time where a vast many resources exist that can help us identify and date old photographs.

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?

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