Photograph Dating Service for your 19th-Century Images Home Research Services Speaking Photo Dating Contact
© Gail Shaffer Blankenau 2012-2015
Testimonial   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 services again.   Henry Land Kannapolis NC    
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:
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