Would it be appropriate to post a photo and ask that people help identify visual cues that would help date the photo?

Phew! I wondered what you meant by "dating" there. I had visions of this turning into an all together different type of site :-) – ACProctor Dec 7 '12 at 19:17
I changed the title to avoid more inappropriate visions. :-) – woman among men Dec 7 '12 at 19:22
I really like photo dating questions; others seem to also. – GeneJ Dec 7 '12 at 21:35
I would have left the title as it was. This SE site is a bit humourless at the moment. I don't care whether the rules & reg allow for humour - this was priceless though – ACProctor Dec 8 '12 at 10:38
@ACProctor - Humor is okay as an aside. We all love a good laugh; it just can't be the only reason for your post. ;) – jmort253 Dec 9 '12 at 1:14

My opinion is yes. We already have three questions in the tag, all of which have a good amount of votes (one with 21) and no downvotes. I don't see any problem with them.

The only plausible argument is that they could be too localized. However, If I had a photo in question, I could look through the existing questions to see how it was done. If I still had problems, I would ask a new question, but my point is that these questions would help more people than just the asker.

As a side note, I find these questions quite interesting (not that I'm any good at identifying them, though). It would be a shame if they were declared off-topic.


I think absolutely we should. The techniques are of general interest, even if the specific photo may not be.

Given the strong support for "yes", should we consider "What supporting information should you post with the photo?" Place etc? – Fortiter Dec 8 '12 at 12:28
Ideas: Location, if known * Photographer's Marks, if present. Anything known about the photographer. * Anything that is on the back of the photo -- include image of both sides if appropriate * Anything that is not obvious from the picture: dimensions, embossing, type of paper, color of ink * Anything already known that can help narrow the date range – woman among men Dec 8 '12 at 13:58
@Fortiter et al, maybe the topic of supporting info deserves its own answer? – ColeValleyGirl Dec 8 '12 at 14:32
@womanamongmen, maybe the topic of supporting info deserves its own answer? – ColeValleyGirl Dec 8 '12 at 14:33

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