I am searching for my biological mother. I was born in August 1963 in London, UK. I have found a possible half-sister through Ancestry.com.ca and she has sent me some photos. This person does not look pregnant - especially 8 months!!! So was wondering about the photo dating process in the 1960s. Can anyone hep please?
There are three possible relevant dates, but only one is likely, given the technology used back then.
In the 1960s, there was no technology to date a photograph when it was taken (other than the subject of the photograph holding up a piece of paper with the date on).
Likewise, when the photograph was developed into a negative, it would not have been possible to introduce a date actually on the negative (except maybe by scratching it in, which isn't the case here).
So the date on your photograph was almost certainly added when a print was made from the negative (especially as it's on the border of the print rather than the negative itself) -- which could have been immediately after the photograph was taken or months or even years afterwards. And the date could be the date the print was made, or (I believe less likely) a date specifying when the photograph was taken.
You might get a better answer on http://photo.stackexchange.com
The answers 1 and 2 above are correct. As a previous answer suggested, the CN logo on the step in the photo is that of the CNR (Canadian National Railway). This scheme was adopted in 1961 so would have been seen system-wide in 1963. The piper could have been at any CN station in Canada, but may have been more likely at one in Nova Scotia, since there's a strong Scottish tradition in that province. If it can be determined which province the photo was taken in, possibly from knowing the travels in the early 1960s of the subject woman, it may be possible to find CN timetables for that region from the time period and further refine the location.