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Photo dating is the inductive process of identifying when a picture might have been taken based on evidence derived from the photo itself.

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Identifying US Military Uniform

I've been trying to figure out if there's any information I could dig out of this photograph. Family lore says it's a photo of my great-great-grandfather. He's rather a man of mystery and this is one ...
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Publication date of this Jimmy Hatlo cartoon

This cartoon is on the back side of a photograph in a newspaper of a family member. The article is about him joining the military, around 1942/3. I can’t find a date on either side. Can someone ...
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Using vehicle number plate to infer registration year in Wiltshire photo

Here is a photo of my late father (passed away earlier this month) driving a tractor: The registration is: MWV714 Dad would have been driving this tractor in Wiltshire, England. I had a look at this ...
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What is the date of this family portrait from Pennsylvania?

I am looking for help dating this photograph. The man is my great-great grandfather Thomas Ryan, born in Pennsylvania in 1855, died 1926. I am fairly certain that the older woman is his mother (born ...
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What is date of the photo of woman with wrist watch?

I've got the following photo that I'm trying to identify the woman wearing a diaphanous shawl in it, and thus would like to estimate the date and location of the photo and age of the woman: The watch ...
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Dating photo of family members in front of house in Texas?

I've got a family photo: I believe the boy, second from left, is either born in 1901 or 1930, so given the boy looks to be around 12, that would make photo taken around 1912 or 1942. Can we tell ...
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Dating photo of train station depot in Mertzon, Texas?

I've got a photo of what I think is a postcard showing the train depot in Mertzon, Texas: I'm wondering what the likely date is?
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What uniform is this?

This is a photo of my grandfather, Frank Leslie Hill, b.1903. To the best knowledge of the family he did not serve in the armed forces. However we have found this photograph of him and wondered if ...
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Trying to find dates for cabinet cards with Brooklyn business information and addresses?

We have 2 cabinet cards and a cabinet-card-esque photograph that I believe are from the early 1900s that we are trying to date more concretely based on writing on the three cards. The first image has ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

I have a family photo (see below) and I am trying to confirm the identity of the man. I have a suspicion who it is - the person was born in 1874 in England. So if he was in his 20s to 30s at the time ...
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In 1963 were photos dated when processed or when taken?

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 ...
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What date is this colored portrait likely made?

I have a relatively large framed picture of a married couple: It appears to be a black and white photo that has been colored by hand or maybe it is all hand drawn with mixed media. It almost looks ...
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Can you date this photograph of my grandmother Elsie Lillian Hall Kerby?

My grandmother Elsie was born in 1891 in Gravesend, Kent, England. She met and married my grandfather Seth Kerby (post WWI he was USN stationed in England)in Gravesend. She immigrated to the US in ...
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When might this photograph have been taken and why?

I have in my possession a postcard that shows an colorised black-and-white image supposedly of my father (born 1927) and an unidentified girl. I'm pretty certain this wasn't his usual garb at the ...
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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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Dating photograph of car, man and dog from perhaps 1930s/40s in Texas (or perhaps Missouri)?

I have a picture of a man with his dog in a car and I'm trying to approximate the date of the picture to help figure out which relative is in the picture. I'm thinking it is from the 1920s or 1930s ...
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Until what age did little boys in the early 1900s wear dresses?

I found a family photo from 1910. Someone wrote on the back that it was four sisters and a baby brother from my uncles and aunts. But that wouldn't work for the ages of those particular children. I ...
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Could photo be Edward Nettell (1812-1879) and Maria Hocking (1811-1902) of Illogan, Cornwall?

Below is a photograph from the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was given to Thomas by his mother (my 2nd great grandmother) whose maiden name was Emma Symons Treloar ...
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Dating and identifying Penzance photos – are they of George and Fanny Wills?

Below are two photographs (each 6.3 x 10.3 cm on very stiff card nearly 1 mm thick) that were placed next to each other in the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was ...
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Dating this photograph of a younger Emma (Vig) Froiland

Emma (Vig) Froiland (1885-1978) was the youngest child born to Nels and Lovise Vig. This is the same Emma (Vig) Froiland who, shortly before her death, relayed family tradition about Nels and Lovise' ...
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Determining date of photo from Tuscaloosa

I am trying to ascertain the date of the photo below. The photograph is a cabinet card, taken in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by photographer FM Turner. There are no markings on the back of the card. ...
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Dating/identifying a Duryea (mid-late 19th century) photograph from South Australia?

My understanding is that the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea in King William Street, Adelaide was destroyed by fire early on the morning of Sunday 18 April 1875 after operating there since ...
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Estimating year photo was taken or printed?

My wife's father was born in Queensland, Australia in 1930. He died in 1989. She has only 2 photos of him. One has no markings on the front or rear and nothing to identify the year taken. What avenues ...
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Did Carl M. Olson of Göteburg (Sweden) take 19th century photos in England, and if so, approximately when?

I have a photograph of an ancestor from England who I believe was born in 1818 (in Somerset) but became a police constable and lived in Devon, Gloucestershire and London later in life. I am guessing ...
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