Expert guide dating victorian family photographs

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You have used such a variety of methods in dating the featured photos that we thought you’d like to share them in one place and help out those who are new to the ‘craft’.

Featuring a collection of over 15,000 objets d'art from Asia, Europe and North America with a primary emphasis on Canada and Japan, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria first opened in 1951.

You could even try contacting distant cousins, perhaps the descendants of ancestors who emigrated overseas. I thought I already had all known photos of my mother, Ivy Shrimpton (1931-1980), but recently my 91-year old aunt, living in Canada since 1944, sent me a previously unseen snapshot of Ivy as an 8-year old child. Images of forebears could also be found in public collections, including dedicated photographic archives, local archives and record offices, old newspapers, trade or work-related periodicals.

You might even get lucky and find one of your ancestors in a local history book. If 'borrowing' scanned photos belonging to relatives or other contacts, always ask the owner of the original for a complete front view and a scan of the back, too.

A close rival in popularity to the photo posts is Useful Tips for Reading Handwritten Documents which became a long list of tips and tricks generated by comments from you and from State Records staff.

It got us thinking…we create a similar list of useful tips for dating photographs?

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