Dating Photographs Through Costume

  • 18 Oct 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Schaumburg Township Public Library
DATING PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGH COSTUME

by Ellie Carlson

“Some people are married to their jobs, Ellie date costumes.” Family photographs are hard to date once the generation pictured has passed away. Determining an approximate date for an unidentified photo may help you to know whether the woman is your grandmother or your great-grandmother.  This is where costume dating can be helpful.  Fashion, especially women’s fashion, was very distinctive in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Becoming familiar with certain popular silhouettes enables one to assign a date range to a photograph, thus helping to identify those pictured.  Basic facial recognition will also be covered which will help identify the same person in several photos over time. There are some good, easy tricks which you will learn in this workshop-format presentation.  Please send photographs you want “dated” to programs@caggni.org and Ellie will try to date them for you using the techniques outlined in the presentation.

 

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