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Postby philippereynolds » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:06 pm

Could anyone offer an insight as to when this photo may have been taken?
Thanks!
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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby Sylcec » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:22 pm

delightful picture - could be early 1920s?
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Any idea when this was teken?

Postby brunes08 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:41 am

I would think the photo was taken in the very late Victorian or early Edwardian era - around the turn of the 1900s and before the 1WW. The clothes are not as 'modern' as those worn after the war and early 1920s. I have photos of ancestors taken in the early 1920s and their clothes are very modern in style. I am thinking that the photo was taken in the UK but if it was taken in another country there could be differences.
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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby philippereynolds » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:49 pm

Thanks. It's definitely the UK. With the suggestion of it being late Victorian early Edwardian means the baby could be either my grandmother or my grand aunt.


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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby ermin79 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:46 pm

this may seem an odd question but do you have the original or just a scan? if you have the original and it has a postcard back which you can scan this may help date it as what was printed varied over the first decade of the 1900s even though it wasn't posted

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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby philippereynolds » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:21 pm

Thanks Ermin. I don't have the original, my mum does. I will get her to scan the back and see whether there is anything else to go on.


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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby KayFarndon » Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:03 pm

I would have said that it could be anywhere between 1880 and 1910. It doesn't look right for 1920.
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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby philippereynolds » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:06 pm

Hi. Ermin79 suggested that the back of this photo may help to determine when it was taken. So here it is!
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Re: Any idea when this was teken?

Postby Sylcec » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:40 am

Based on the divided style of the back of the postcard which also allowed a message to be written on the left side, it was probably produced not before the early 1900s:
"In 1907, a major change on the address side of postcards occurred. This change was prompted by the Universal Postal Congress, the legislative body of the Universal Postal Union. The convention decreed that postal cards produced by governments of member nations could have messages on the left half of the address side, effective October 1, 1907. "
http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/postcard/postcard-history - although this ref is from the Smithsonian, I think the mention of the UPU means the rule applied in the UK.
Ah- elsewhere I find that England was the first country to allow the divided back in 1902.
Another interesting link: http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/photography/History-of-Postcards.html

So, it looks as if 1902 is probably the earliest date for your photo, but the latest - ?within 10 years of this.
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Postby philippereynolds » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:25 am

Thanks so much for that information. It certainly helps in identifying who the baby, at least, is in the photo!!


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