Dating Old Photos

Style Tips for Dating Photos

Shirley Jolliff, Costumer,  is a popular speaker at MoCoGenSo meetings.  She identifies the time frame of old photos by her expertise in the styles of dress for men and women, and the changes that took place in the fashion world during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In September 2004, Shirley drew common styles for men, women and children in each  decade of the last half of the 19th century.  She has agreed to share these sketches to help you classify your old photos.

1840s Style1850s Style


1860s Style1870s Style


1880s Style1890s Style


Sleeve Styles
This last sketch is of sleeve styles, which vary significantly over time.

These images are all copyright by Shirley Jolliff.  All rights reserved.

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