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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I have a glossy photo, measuring 2.75"×4.5", that I'm trying to date. Clues are: The toy tricycle. The clothing of the child. (Is this a boy or a girl?) The style of home in the background. The ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I'm researching my grand-uncles James Daniel Wright and Frank Leslie Wright (brothers of my grand-father) who went over to Canada as British Home Children with their younger sister in 1912. ...
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Citing online image copies with inadequate information or provenance

In a recent blog post, Elizabeth Shown Mills asked the question Do You "Just Trust" Citations Offered by Digital Providers? EE hopes your answer is no. Today’s image demonstrates why. Not only ...
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Renaming record-image.jpg files and other files with generic download names

I'm struggling with the problem of how to name digital images that I download from FamilySearch.org. When the "Save As" dialog box pops up in Windows, there is usually a filename populating the ...
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Techniques for reading poor or illegible images

What techniques work for reading poor or illegible images of a source? Turning the source into a negative is one that's often quoted but what other techniques are valuable, and in what circumstances?
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Help reading an Ellis island record

I wonder if you could help me figure out some text in an Ellis Island record (Line 15). Here's what I've been able to get so far. I've put questions marks where I'm not sure. Luka Cacic Age 23 ...
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Preferred file format to exchange images

I have some old pictures that I want to scan and make available, with all the information that I have about them (like who's in the picture, where it was taken, and so on). What's the best file ...
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What is written on the back of this photo?

The following is written on the backside of an image. The picture is of a very young girl with very curly hair, and the comments are by her father. While I can make out most of the words there are ...
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Who are the individuals silhouetted in this image?

(Note: I have more questions about this image than answers, so anything you see in it that is of note to you, please call it out!) Johan Bauer and his wife Anna Hagen had three children, a son and ...
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Copyright Issues with Content Providers

Many people are, or have been, confused by the T&C's of the online content providers regarding copyright and sharing. Some of these seem excessively stringent. This question relates specifically ...
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Can I obtain a free version of this public domain image?

I found an image on the Corbis images website: (Full image here.) At the end of the description there is a small note: This is a publicly distributed U.S. government created image. Image is in ...
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What can I learn about Sir William Brereton based on his portrait?

This portrait of Sir William Brereton (1550-1631) hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts: Regarding the portrait I have the following questions: I assume the number "1579" in the corner is the ...
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Can I get an alternate (hopefully clearer) scan of a US Census page?

Related to my question: How can I find out the name of this street? I have found a page in the 1940 US Census of which I would like a clearer image. Would it be easy or straightforward to obtain one ...
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Handling and storage tips for old Family Bible

I have an old Bible that was printed about 1821. The Bible belonged to my second great grandfather, Ephriam Benn. I want to preserve the Bible, and I want to share information about the Bible with ...