Dating vintage prints
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But the correspondent did not date their message and the postmark franking on the stamp is smudged. To help make some sense of being able to date old postcards, first we give a short general history of postcards.
Maybe that senior citizen down at the hair salon can be of help if you don’t have a sense of historic styles, and of course there is always the Internet.
Just type in “hat styles of the 1930s, or 1940s,” or whatever year you can guess and then compare what you have to what was popular at the time.
Yet this is not always completely reliable when it comes to the exact month and year a negative was exposed in the camera, as sometime a roll would sit around in the camera or in a drawer for years before it was processed (and thus acquired its printed date). I was seven years old, and didn’t understand the concept of a “vacation.” I thought they were maybe gone forever.
Still, such dates are very helpful in lending a general sense of when a photograph was made, except in cases like that of the photo immediately above. I cried and cried, and wanted them to come back as soon as possible. Boxes containing my dad’s home movies again serve to help identify the time and place of these invaluable family records, information that will follow these films as they are converted into digital files and then copied onto DVDs for me to share with the rest of my family.
Don’t know what’s what re: your personal archive or collection?
Fortunately, my paternal grandfather was not only a prolific amateur snapshot photographer he was also a stickler for organization, at least when it came to his snapshots.
Not only did my maternal grandparents write the subject (images of their home at 2211 Grandin Road / Xmas / snow in the yard / the sitting room) and the date (1963) on this box of slides, they also wrote “2211 Grandin” on one of the slides (the Grandin Road house was in Cincinnati, Ohio).