Aging Well

Aging Well

Dating a photograph of an older person presents a unique dilemma: Is the subject wearing contemporary fashion, or an older style that he or she was hanging on to? On FamilyTreeMagazine.com, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor addresses this question as she analyzes these two photos that might show the...

Dating a photograph of an older person presents a unique dilemma: Is the subject wearing contemporary fashion, or an older style that he or she was hanging on to?

On FamilyTreeMagazine.com, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor addresses this question as she analyzes these two photos that might show the same woman at different ages.

Click here to see what clues Taylor finds.

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  1. Something that I’ve noticed a lot in old photos that feature the same family members, even over different decades, is that people have particular ways of standing and sitting and often the same person will be holding a hat in the same hand, or a handkerchief in the same hand over several decades of photos. So maybe Electa is clutching her handkerchief in both photos? I think one can also tell a bit from how relaxed people are in photos.

    Myself, I usually regard the older generations in photos up until the 1970s or 1980s as wearing fashions from previous generations until proven otherwise.

    Great post. I read your posts from time to time.

  2. Don’t be so quick to think that hair change and short waist are all that important. It is possible that Electra had naturally straight hair and didn’t have it permed in the second photo. Also, don’t overlook the possibility that Electra actually did get shorter…osteoporosis.