|Date an Old Photograph - Roger Vaughan Picture Library|
Date a Carte de Visite Photograph
A date will sometimes help fit a photo into a family tree
1.What decade is this photograph from, see the changes of the designs on the back through time and a brief description of fashion changes
Which Back? 1860 to 1920
2.Find out what type of photograph you have
3.Photographs of Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century ladies sorted by year
4.Photographs of people arranged by year 1860 to 1915
5.Date the CDV printer - See the tiny name on the back, look for the Marion date code.
6. A large list of photographs and photographers each with an estimated date
7. A large 1000 plus list of photographers and photographs a few have estimated dates.
8.Frequently Asked Questions (I have a photo like yours...)
Types of Family Photographs
10. The negative number book from Hills & Saunders, Harrow Branch, is now online, if you have a numbered photo from this studio then you may find out who the person was or look through the A - Z to spot names.
Hills & Saunders, Harrow.
11. A page with a keyword indexed search box for this site, making it easy to find a photographer or place or date. Also links to my other sites.
Multiple Keyword Search Boxes
12. Family history and collecting old photographs are two very popular pastimes these days and
old photographs can pose many questions such as ‘Who is it?’ or ‘When was it taken?’.
Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland
13. Because photographers were listed in local Trade Directories, a great amount of work has gone into listing them, by year, to see when the company was in business. This can help to limit the date that the photograph was produced to the years they were operating or sometimes at a particular address.
Here are a few lists to work through:
Search by Photographer's Name and County by Rosemary & Stan Rodliffe
Index of Photographers etc
City of Bristol, UK. Photographers (by R.F.Vaughan)
City of Bristol
City of London, UK. Photographers (by Michael Pritchard) (477KB - whole book!)
City of London
Costume Detective by Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era
A-Z, UK. Photographers by Christine Hibbert on her blog
Slaters' Directory 1868 Part of England and Wales (by R.F.Vaughan)
High Street Photographers in Aberystwyth 1857 - c1900
Brown, Barns & Bell Photographers by Peter Stubbs at EdinPhoto
Brown, Barns & Bell
14. Postcards (early 20th C.): Many have the date
franked over the stamp, but some were not posted, and
some effort has gone into identifying the area (box)
where the stamp was stuck on, known as the Stamp Box
(mostly USA but some Europe).
Postcard Stamp Boxes
15. Brief interpertations made about the bustle, 1860s mens coats, etc.
16. Six typical ladies 1860s to 1880s, enlarged view and with description.
Six Ladies 1860s to 1880s
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