What year is this? #6

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27 comments to What year is this? #6

  • Witte

    Would have said 1951 but I think photo’s were ‘propper’ black and white by then, so I decided to reduce it by 20 yrs and say, 1931?

  • jufjo

    It is either 19th century, or made in the last couple of years by someone with a old fashioned camera at some sort of Americam Civil War Living History event.

  • sash

    I’m saying 1942 - that style of sleeve went out of fashion around 1900 and didn’t appear again until about 1939.

  • Sandi Flange

    The woman’s hand looks ‘modern’, in that it appears tanned and manicured; I’d agree with Jufjo that it’s either very old or very new :)

  • edmund

    Sure I’ve seen it before - USA c.1880′s?

  • Banjo Lawson

    June 17, 1919. Approximately.

  • Ian

    the slow exposure makes me think its older. I’ll say 1850

  • SimplerDave

    Something about it makes me want to say Walker Evans: 1930?

  • Ami Dang

    I think it could be 1870.

  • Garbage Can Boyd

    This picture looks too good. The mother’s hair and skin seem too healthy for the time period it’s “supposed” to look like. The toddler also seems too plump and healthy. The focus variations almost seem too perfect. I’ll guess 2009.

  • Erin G

    I am guessing 1860, give or take two years. The style of the women’s dress is typical of that era.

  • Onno

    Probably taken in 2010. No real clue, just the feeling that this is a trick question ;-)

  • Marjorie from Connecticut

    I will guess 1879. If it does turn out to be new, I am amazed that the woman went to the trouble of wearing a corset!

  • Reds

    This image looks like modern day Civil War reenactor mother & daughter who had their image done at an event by a person doing 1860s period Daguerreotypes. These modern Daguerreotype photographers use the same exact development and photography methods from the time period (over 150 years ago.) The image was probably struck sometime in the last couple of years.

  • Jimbahadur

    2010 - Too many perfect imperfections

  • Ana

    I would say 1860′s

  • "ET"

    1891 is my guess No reason

  • Nicole

    Definitely 1860s, probably earlier side, 1862-1865. It’s hard to say for sure since she isn’t wearing high fashion, but I have seen almost the same dress in the collection at FIT in NYC.

  • Carol

    It think it is a very very good replication photo. I’m guessing last year 2009.

  • Dee

    I am going to say ca. 1870. Its definitely either an ambrotype or a tintype (something with a collodion based image). The emulsion looks hand poured to me, due to the top right corner being missing of any image information and the unevenness of the emulsion along the left side.
    There is always the chance that the photo is made during modern times using old photographic techniques, but I am thinking not. There is something about the child that seems old fashioned to me and like another person said, it would a lot of trouble for the woman to wear a corset.

  • Russel Tarr

    1867, American. Certainly not British. I hope it’s not just a civil war re-enactment photo though as that would just make it a trick question!

  • Darian Zam

    Given the styling I would say 1868, but comments above have made me suspicious it could be a recent photo styled to look old, reason being the lighting of the woamn’s face isn’t quite typical and looks far too precise.

  • Lisa

    The fact that the toddler is blurred makes me think it is really from the 1850′s- 1860′s as that was very common then with long exposure times. The mother also has the stern look pictures from that era had and their clothes are from that time. I agree her face looks very clear and perfect but there were people then who did have good skin and I have seen authentic pictures from that era look just as clear. Still, with today’s technology it could be a current picture, but the blurring of the toddler keeps me thinking it really is from the mid-19th century.

  • J. Whittaker

    I think it probably dates from the 1880s. The black dot on the girl’s dress is the only obvious flaw in the picture. If it were a modern recreation, they would probably have added a few more flaws. Also, the backdrop looks fairly authentic to that time.

  • KFS

    Shouldn’t we have the answer by now?

  • Trinkvasser

    I would say about 1855. It is very reminiscent of the Daguerrotypes of Matthew Brady and others such as Robert Louis Stevenson as a child. Also, the waistline, puffed sleeves and especially the hair styles all suggest mid-19th century. Or a bit later in some very countrified place.

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