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If you have a photo that includes information about the photographer on the front or back of the picture, this information can help date it.You can search the text for “Meason” for example and find that the Meason firm moved to 1223 Caledonia Street by 1905 and two years later the firm moved to 320 North 4th Street. If you are so lucky as to see an automobile in the photograph, this can also help.
The style of these stamp boxes varied over time which can help you date a scene.
For real photo postcards, if the postcard is not stamped and it has a spot for a stamp in the upper right corner (called a stamp box), it was likely printed on Kodak’s AZO paper, a professional grade photographic paper developed and printed in a darkroom.
This was used by traveling photographers who showed up on the street taking outdoor photos of children in a wagon being powered by a goat.
Let me share some tips with you to help date late 19th century and early 20th century photographs.
If you have studio portraits in your family collection, certainly trying to identify the clothing and hairstyles can be helpful.