Date an Old Photograph - Roger Vaughan Picture Library
Go to My Victorian Photograph Site Date a Carte de Visite Photograph

A date will sometimes help fit a photo into a family tree

Date an old photo
1.What decade is this photograph from, see the changes of the designs on the back through time and a brief description of fashion changes
Which Back? 1860 to 1920

2.Find out what type of photograph you have
Types of Photograph

3.Photographs of Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century ladies sorted by year
1860 to 1930

4.Photographs of people arranged by year 1860 to 1915
People by Year

5.Date the CDV printer - See the tiny name on the back, look for the Marion date code.
Carte de visite printer

6. A large list of photographs and photographers each with an estimated date
A-Z list of dated photographs

7. A large 1000 plus list of photographers and photographs a few have estimated dates.
1000 photographs (at Rootsweb) to

8.Frequently Asked Questions (I have a photo like yours...)

9. Just what sort of photograph is it? - here is some useful basic information on sizes, types and descriptions and when used, that may help as a first step if you are not sure.
Types of Family Photographs

10. The negative number book from Hills & Saunders, Harrow Branch, is now online, if you have a numbered photo from this studio then you may find out who the person was or look through the A - Z to spot names.

Hills & Saunders, Harrow.

11. A page with a keyword indexed search boxe for this site, making it easy to find a photographer or place or date. Also links to my other sites.
Multiple Keyword Search Boxes

12. Family history and collecting old photographs are two very popular pastimes these days and old photographs can pose many questions such as ‘Who is it?’ or ‘When was it taken?’. Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland

13. Because photographers were listed in local Trade Directories, a great amount of work has gone into listing them, by year, to see when the company was in business. This can help to limit the date that the photograph was produced to the years they were operating or sometimes at a particular address.
Here are a few lists to work through:

Search by Photographer's Name and County by Rosemary & Stan Rodliffe
Index of Photographers etc

City of Bristol, UK. Photographers (by R.F.Vaughan)
City of Bristol

City of London, UK. Photographers (by Michael Pritchard) (477KB - whole book!)
City of London

Costume Detective by Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era

A-Z, UK. Photographers by Christine Hibbert on her blog
UK. Photographers

Slaters' Directory 1868 Part of England and Wales (by R.F.Vaughan)
1868 Directory

High Street Photographers in Aberystwyth 1857 - c1900

14. Postcards (early 20th C.): Many have the date franked over the stamp, but some were not posted, and some effort has gone into identifying the area (box) where the stamp was stuck on, known as the Stamp Box (mostly USA but some Europe).
Postcard Stamp Boxes

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