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This card, sent from the Sudan in 1941, features a photograph of a soldier inserted into a festive mount.We find some of the most common queries from readers are to do with photo dating.The card may have rounded corners - (mid to late 1870s). (Some still show full length and a carpet in the early 1870s) 1880s The ladies dress may be severe and close fitting or it has a bustle (1881-1886 ish), skirts had pleated edges, boys wore sailor suits and velvet suits, Men did not wear frock coats and wore a morning-coat suit or a lounge suit, top hat, bowler or straw hat.Norfolk jackets were popular as were more casual clothes.We received a Christmas card from the Llewellyn-Bowen family this week, Laurence, his wife and two daughters dressed up in a 1920s jazz style.It made me think of our feature on postcards in our Christmas issue written by photo dating expert Jayne Shrimpton that included a Christmas postcard from her collection.Sleeves became wider until by 1895 the 'leg of mutton' shape with sort of upstanding 'wings' on the shoulders.
Jean Debney | 8 Huckleberry Close, Purley-on-Thames, Reading RG8 8EH An independent freelance genealogist who provides a photograph-dating service, using fashion as the key, for a reasonable fee but only by post.Those enormously wide brimmed hats date from June 1911 onward and were often worn with a short slit in the skirt.In the 1920s hair was cut short (for some) and the hemline rose for the first time ever.Older women are much more likely to be conservative and still be wearing a favourite dress from ten years ago! This can be difficult as there were whole decades of the 19th century when women had a centre parting but when a new fashion comes in with hairstyle it is quicker for people to update than clothing. Of course, it is worth looking at everything that the men in the photograph are wearing but how you tied your cravat or the shape of your collar was something that was cheaper and easier to update than a whole suit, so more likely to reflect the date of the photograph. Dating military photographs can often lead to relatively precise results and this is when people with expert knowledge really come into their own.The National Army Museum runs regular photo dating sessions and there will be military photo daters at this year’s Who Do You Think You Are? It’s also worth posting images on specialist forums such as Victorian Wars, the Great War forum or our own WDYTYA? This might seem obvious, but if a photograph is stuck in an old album or framed up on the wall, it may be that nobody has looked on the back for years.
If you contact any of the people listed below, they will need a copy of the front and back of the photograph to be dated.