© Gail Shaffer Blankenau 2012-2015
I engaged Ms. Blankenau to assist
me in determining the
approximate time period in which
several family photographs from
the nineteenth century were
originally taken. Also, I needed the
estimated ages of the subjects.
She furnished her report on each
photograph with a thorough
analysis of the pertinent features
used at arriving at her conclusions
and additionally pointed out
several items of interest which
had totally escaped my untrained
eye. Her service was prompt and
the fee very reasonable. I hope to
use her professional photographic
I will examine each photograph to determine the closest possible date the photograph was produced. Close attention
will be paid to clothing, hairstyles and props narrow down its age. Children and adult men can be the most difficult to identify so
the details you include about your photograph, the better. In addition to style clues, the format in which your photograph was
produced can be quite helpful.
You will receive a one-to-two-page analysis for each photo you submit for identification. The document will include a
comprehensive summary and the results of my analysis.
You may submit an original photograph; however, this might be difficult, so scans are also acceptable. If you submit a scan, you
should scan the original at least 200 dpi (dots per inch) in color (card stock color can yield clues).
Scan the entire image front out to the edges.
Scan the entire image back to the edges.
Submit all information you have or have been told about your photograph. Even a detail such as, “I found this in a box with other
photos that were from my grandmother’s side of the family,” can help. Any family information including birth, death, marriage
dates for family members, occupations and places of residence are relevant.
The fee for this service is $35 per photo, with a discount for two photos of $30 each, and three or more are $25 each.
What you can expect: