1. Fading away. Use a magnifying glass or photo-editing software to decipher pale writing.
2. Latest styles. Dresses, hairstyles and accessories will help date the image.
3. Ageism. Reconcile census data with subjects’ estimated ages to make IDs and narrow a date.
4. Posture pointers. A curious pose may be a clue to the person’s identity.
5. Glaring omission. Note relatives whose absence from the image doesn’t make sense.
Writing on the wall
An easy time
The posture of three children sitting on the steps is interesting. They’re wearing dresses and hair bows, but mothers likely would’ve admonished girls to sit with their knees together. Perhaps the three kids displaying their drawers escaped their moms’ notice—or maybe these are boys. During the early part of the 20th century, it wasn’t uncommon for boys to wear their hair in long curls tied up in bows, as I’ve noted on Family Tree Magazine’s Photo Detective blog.
From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine