Let’s tackle the simple part this week—assigning a date.
The 15 people in the photo wear everyday clothing. Only one man (on the far right) wears a jacket; the rest are attired in work shirts and pants with wide-brimmed hats to shield their faces from the sun. The little boys wear short pants and wide-collared shirts.
The outfits on two of the women suggest an initial time frame for this group portrait. The smiling woman on the far left wears a dress with full sleeves, a pouched bodice and a wide double collar. Her skirt has fitted tucks at the hips.
The woman on the right in the back row wears a loose tie around her neck with a pouched front blouse and full sleeves.
Their topknot hairstyles clinch the time frame: The group probably posed for this portrait circa 1900 to 1906.
Next week I’ll be back to discuss how the rest of the facts add up.
BTW, the creases on the image suggest that this image was folded and unfolded multiple times. The paper has actually worn away at the center. The staining you see is due to the glue used to adhere it to the paper.