How to Date Old Photographs

Most family historians have THAT box, the one brimming with old family photographs. You know it’s there — in the back of the linen closet keeping company with a pair of phone books and a few regal-looking photo albums, the ones with the magnetic pages and gold-stamped covers.

In times of great pause like these, the box calls to you. Maybe you inherited it from a grandparent, or assembled it yourself as one of those I’ll-save-it-for-later types of projects. There’s something about that box that guilts us — all those fading color photographs, Polaroids, black-and-white photos, or…