3 Things to Look at When Dating Old Photos

Dating an old photo is key to correctly identifying the person in it. I sat down with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, for her tips on where to get started when dating old photographs.

(Be sure to click the “play” button to watch the interview.)

The 3 things to consider when dating an old photograph are:

  • Hair and clothing styles
  • The setting of the photo (props, scenery, etc.)
  • The format of the photo itself

Maureen also discussed the importance of researching the photographer. (City directories can be a big help in this.)

BONUS: In the video, Maureen mentioned that the woman in the photo had blue eyes. How can you tell in a black and white photo? Maureen explained to me that blue eyes show up pale in black and white photographs. Good to know!

You can find Maureen’s books at her site MaureenTaylor.com, as well as on Amazon.

(Disclosure: the link to Amazon is an affiliate link, which means that I earn a little bit when you purchase through there.)


Posted: September 20, 2016.

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