Dating cars in old photos
The photos show New York, Boston, Detroit, Washington, D.
C., and Baltimore between 19, and were obtained from the website Shorpy.
Here’s an amazing short film titled “The Old New World” by photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia.
Zakharov found old photos of US cities from the early 1900s and brought them to life.
Let me share some tips with you to help date late 19th century and early 20th century photographs.
If you have studio portraits in your family collection, certainly trying to identify the clothing and hairstyles can be helpful.
However, many people wore their “best” clothing at the sessions and men often borrowed clothing from a rack at the photographers’ studio.
Maureen Taylor has written several books such as If you have cabinet photographs from La Crosse photographers, you will want to check out Edwin Hill’s extensive thesis titled “A History of Photography in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1853-1930.” You can access it online at .
When you're ready to take on the challenge, these five steps will get you started in style. By identifying the type of photographic technique used to create your old family photos, it is possible to narrow down the time period when the photograph was taken.
If you're new to identifying clothing features, hairstyles and other fashion features, begin by comparing fashions from similar photos for which you have dates.
Then, if you need further help, consult a fashion book such as Once you've been able to narrow down a location and time period for an old photograph, your knowledge of your ancestors comes into play. Knowing which branch of the family the photo was passed down from can narrow down your search.
Look for the family house or other family possessions in other photos for which you do have names and dates.
You can also use household items, cars, street signs and other background items to help determine the approximate date a photograph was taken.