Dating old photographs clothing
Understanding the history to cartes de visite (CDV) and cabinet cards will also help you narrow down a timeframe. Although usually long gone, you may be able to find them listed in directories. For the 19th century, sleeves can be quite a good starting point.
Men’s hair styles and facial hair is not as easy to decipher the photos age.
With a date, you can narrow the field of possible suspects and even, sometimes put a name to a face as it stares back at you from the past: Look at the format.
If the photograph is on a post card mount, then it won’t date before 1902. Many CDVs include the name of the photography studio.
The clothing can also be an indicator in the age of a picture, women whether they lived in the country or the city for most photographs would be wearing the latest fashions.
Men, on the other hand can be difficult as suits did not change from year to year.