Dating old photo albums
Better still, buy some copies for your family members or get some as stocking stuffers for the friend you have who is always working on their family history and photos.It’s as true now as it was 150 years ago: the fashions people wear are indicators of their times.Here are some places where you can pick up a few style cues to help you ID your own vintage family photographs!The University of Vermont The site for the university’s Landscape Change program offers a wealth of information about dating vintage/antique photographs using cues such as women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories & mens fashions.Ever been at a family reunion and realize that the old mystery photos are being passed around to see if anyone can figure out who’s who?Wouldn’t it be great, even if you have your own copy of Maureen’s that you can easily pack with your toothbrush and socks!
Vintage hairstyles A look at how women wore their hair in eras past, illustrated with photos of modern recreations. It’s all in the (style) details Family demonstrates how to decipher the little details in photographs — such as the sleeve type and kinds of neckties.
Broken down by decade: 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s Wikipedia The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia provides a nicely detailed collection of articles about the many eras of clothing fashion.
Here are direct links to the sections dedicated to the time since photography was possible: 1830s | 1840s | 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s |1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930–1945| 1945–1959 | 1960s Flickr collections by era These contributed photographs are grouped by decade, and the multitude of images will provide you with a helpful frame of reference to compare your vintage photos.100 years old | 1900-1910 | 1910-1920 | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s Period Fashions Reference Library With descriptions, antique sketches and photos, Vintage offers clues on clothing styles from the 1850s through the 1910s.
More resource sites: Even if you think you’re on the right track, identifying fashions can help you confirm information.
For instance, the portraits at right were labeled, so I know them to be my grandmother’s two grandmothers — and the photo albums they came from suggested that the photographs were taken in the 1880s or 1890s.