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Using vehicle number plate to infer registration year in Wiltshire photo

No, this isn't an M registration vehicle. The 'M' for the registration year was at the end of the number (e.g. 'URX 465M'). The tractor shown in the photograph would have been registered before 1963....
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Using vehicle number plate to infer registration year in Wiltshire photo

As @sempaiscuba says, this registration is pre-letter codes, and the pattern restricts it to 1930s to 1963. However, you can get a bit closer from the tractor itself: a very quick image search shows ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I had a quick look for the tricycle. I found a few similar ones on ebay and such, without any firm date information. The most useful example appears to be this auction for an "Antique Vintage ...
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Publication date of this Jimmy Hatlo cartoon

This cartoon by Jimmy Hatlo is one of his "They'll Do It Every Time" series, which ran in multiple newspapers around the U.S. from 1929 to 2008. (Other illustrators took over after Hatlo's ...
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What is date of the photo of woman with wrist watch?

Wristwatches enjoyed a significant increase in popularity during the First World War. Their convenience over pocket watches was a driver for this. I have inherited my grandmother's wristwatch, which ...
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Dating photo of family members in front of house in Texas?

The skirt length alone rules out 1912. It is consistent with 1942. As are the other clothes. Remember that people usually did not wear the latest fashions, especially away from large cities and if ...
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What date is this colored portrait likely made?

It looks to be a colored pencil drawing based on a photograph. I have a couple similar examples of my ancestors in Germany. Here the subjects were born about 1830, married 1861, and both died in 1897. ...
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Using vehicle number plate to infer registration year in Wiltshire photo

The tractor registration MWV 714 is definitely a Wiltshire County Council issue from 1955. My father bought a new Ford Consul Mk.1 in Wiltshire in about July of that year, registration MWV 535, so as ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

The shoulder title will also indicate his regiment. The angle makes it hard to read, and again a close up of that area may aid identification. It appears to be short and straight, so with that and the ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

Well there appear to be three chevrons on his right sleeve which would indicate a sergeant but there is also something above the chevrons - most likely a crown which would make him a staff sergeant or ...
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Dating photo of train station depot in Mertzon, Texas?

The railroad started service in Mertzon in 1911. So that's the oldest your station can be (give or take a couple of years). Your goal now is to find out when it was actually built and if it was ...
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What uniform is this?

Based on the general look of the uniform, this is an infantryman of the British Army. I've just looked through the infantry regiments in my copy of "British Army Cap Badges of the First World War" and ...
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When might this photograph have been taken and why?

I'm thinking sometime from 1937-1940. Probably the organizer of the presentation invited a photographer and had it printed in photo card style. I don't think this is a post card but just a ...
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Dating and identifying Penzance photos – are they of George and Fanny Wills?

The clothing is appropriate for the mid-1860s to 1870s. The woman may not have been up on the latest fashions, the dress is still quite simple and not as ornate as the fashion became in the 1870s. ...
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Can you date this photograph of my grandmother Elsie Lillian Hall Kerby?

As a (very recent) ex smoker, I'd be happy to bet a month's pay there is no cigarette in her mouth. You're misreading the colouring on the curtain behind her. The photo appears to me to be someone ...
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Identifying US Military Uniform

This is a general answer that may be added to later as I find more resources. For the United States Army, one of the major websites is the U.S. Army Center of Military History. A basic reference ...
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When might this photograph have been taken and why?

Although I am no expert (just the son of a dancing teacher), it looks like they were part of a performance that involved dance. To me the shoes, shiny floor and stance are the pointers to that. I ...
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Could photo be Edward Nettell (1812-1879) and Maria Hocking (1811-1902) of Illogan, Cornwall?

I think your 1860s date is right - these would be 'best' clothes for a small market town community so of good quality to last for years especially for a staid middle-aged couple - the style of her ...
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