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Postby JulieH1969 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:39 pm

Could someone also help me date this photo and also try and guesstimate an age for the ladies in question. No-one in the family knows who they were and if we could narrow down an approx age for them and when it was taken it would really help.

They look like sisters to me, and could be related to the lady who is in the other picture I posted.

Thanks
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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby ermin79 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:30 pm

do you have the original image ? Is it a cabinet card or a postcard ? The ladies look post 1900 to me, maybe c1910. If you have the back of the image that may allow for more accurate dating (particularly if its a postcard) by the photographer / publisher or wording on it.

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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby JulieH1969 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:11 pm

Thanks Ermin, it is printed on a postcard and there are no clues unfortunately, just the standard Postcode telling you where to put your address and message.

Thanks for the approx date.

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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby MoVidger » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:46 pm

With regards the lady on the left, her hairstyle looks possibly late 1890s ??
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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:33 pm

According to Wikipedia, the divided back for postcards (half for a message, half for the address) was introduced in the UK in 1902. I get the impression that this was a legal limitation, so it is a precise not approximate date.

If anyone can be more precise, please do so - this is just a quick search on my part and I'm sure that there must be serious literature on this somewhere.

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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby ermin79 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:21 pm

As Adrian says, split back postcards only came into being in 1902 in the UK. if there is no mention of it being only valid in specific countries or inland postage only then it will be made after 1908 when it became possible to send split back postcards the world over. If there is a symbol inside the space (letters or a logo) where a stamp would go this can sometimes date the card within a 10 or 20 year period. I have no links at present as am on my mobile.

As for age the ladies hair styles appear very structured and so make them appear older than they are. I think they're probably in their late 20s.
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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby JulieH1969 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:48 am

Thanks everyone, I have been offline all weekend so only just picking up all the fabulous responses.
I have the postcard with it and it's definitely split down the back, one side said correspondence and the other days address only, no other markings. There is potentially a small signature on the bottom right hand side on the front card that I'll need to get magnified I think.

So, we're saying after 1902 and the ladies ages we're guesstimating as late 20s?

Hm, intriguing - the people I thought it might out, turns out to be unlikely now then.
Thanks again!!!
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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby ermin79 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:31 am

if the wording is only 'correspondence' and 'address' on the back it is definitely after 1908. Hope you find out who they are, i've spent many an hour poring over family photos trying to sort out who's who!

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Re: Who are these ladies?

Postby JulieH1969 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:58 am

It is, thank you! I think they are the sisters of Alice Green (the other picture I posted) as they have similar eyes, so at least it narrows down - she had 5 sisters I think, so just need to check all of their death dates.
Thanks so much for your help.
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