Dating old photographs postcards
It gets even harder as you go back in time, but that’s true for all locations.There are a few available on occasion, including some of our rivers and industries (lumber/turpentine). If you are a family historian, you probably love to collect pictures and scans of your ancestors.Lucennie was heavier and her nose was smaller (that can be deceiving in these old photographs! While Lucennie lived during the period of tintypes, I thought this woman was older than Lucennie would have been during their hay day (for this type the late 19th century).I also doubted that the Barrows, and especially Lucennie, ever went and sat for a portrait. The more I looked at it the more it triggered something in my brain.While I have generally been able to talk myself out of purchasing photographs of unknown people (not always but most of the time, I have a “thing” for gilded age hats and early vehicles), I do give in to old postcards.I inherited a collection of postcards from my Dad that were a combination of those he received from family and friends during his years at Southeastern Bible Institute in Atlanta and at Central Bible Institute in Missouri and some he bought because he liked the picture or theme.I will share some examples of the above in my own families from northwest Florida.
I have been known to buy old photographs of people I don’t even know just because I can’t stand the thought that they are lost to descendants and languishing in an antique shop.Real-photo postcards (sometimes called RPPCs) are the result of developing a negative onto photo paper with a pre-printed postcard backing.Classic real-photo cards feature a variety of subjects, from mundane small- town street views to images of animals to photos that captured important political moments or terrifying natural disasters.Or, put the photo in an archival sleeve and identify the people on the sleeve (better choice). Otherwise, your descendants will be mumbling under their breathe and calling into question your sanity and consideration of those who would come after you.If you are looking at old photographs trying to figure out who they are, there are a couple of things that might help. What do they know about the photo, or think they know?