Dating cars in old photos
Cabinet cards, popular in the late 1800s, are easy to recognize because they are mounted on cardstock, often with an imprint of the photographer and location just below the photo.There are similiar card-type photographs, such as the smaller A style of photograph first introduced in 1863 by Windsor & Bridge in London, the cabinet card is a photographic print mounted on card stock.For instance, the portraits at right were labeled, so I know them to be my grandmother’s two grandmothers — and the photo albums they came from suggested that the photographs were taken in the 1880s or 1890s.Despite the womens’ different cultural backgrounds and individual tastes in fashion, the similar type of high, standing collars suggest that they’re on the earlier end of that time frame, most likely the mid-1880s.Fashion Columbia Study Collection Columbia College in Chicago has a great collection of women’s clothing which document historic styles, revival fashions and period details of what was in vogue during the 20th century.
More resource sites: Even if you think you’re on the right track, identifying fashions can help you confirm information.
By way of example, your relative might have been a trendsetter…
or perhaps she cared little about fashion and was always a few years behind.
Frankly, in the 1930s cars actually became what we know of them today.
Before that they were mostly carriage-looking buggies with big, hard spokey wheels.The University of Vermont The site for the university’s Landscape Change program offers a wealth of information about dating vintage/antique photographs using cues such as women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories & mens fashions.