A woman I knew who was also involved in the same scrapbook company told me about a collection of old photos she had inherited from her parents who had long since passed away.
My friend explained to me that no matter how hard she tried, she could not figure out who the people were in these photographs.
For instance, whether or not to have a profile photo is a no-brainer: It's pretty much essential.
"It would be like going into a bar with a bag on your head; people aren't going to come talk to you," Yagan told Live Science.
Not only did my maternal grandparents write the subject (images of their home at 2211 Grandin Road / Xmas / snow in the yard / the sitting room) and the date (1963) on this box of slides, they also wrote “2211 Grandin” on one of the slides (the Grandin Road house was in Cincinnati, Ohio).
A few years back, I was involved in selling scrapbook supplies.
Maybe that senior citizen down at the hair salon can be of help if you don’t have a sense of historic styles, and of course there is always the Internet.
Just type in “hat styles of the 1930s, or 1940s,” or whatever year you can guess and then compare what you have to what was popular at the time.
It is, therefore, worth taking the time to compare all the dating clues that can be gleaned from an old portrait.
Pointers can be found in the type of photograph, the identity of the photographer, and the case or mount with which the picture has been provided.