If you have a group of photos that appear to have been taken in the same general location, you might be able to string them together to come up with a place. Get out your magnifying glass and look closely or scan the photo and enlarge it.
1. Can you spot a street sign or address?
2. Is there a business name?
3. Does the vegetation appear to be pine forests or palm trees? Can you spot a mountain or desert?
4. Is the home style saltbox, colonial, or Victorian?
6. Do you see electric light bulbs or gas lamps?
7. Are there cars in the photo? Can you date them?
8. Is the photo black and white or color? Color prints began in the 1940s.
9. Some photos have the photographer’s name and town stamped on the back.
One caution: With modern technology, grandma’s picture may have been superimposed into a family photo taken AFTER her death.
Did you figure it out?
Did you guess Newport Beach, California? You are right!
I grew up in Newport. It was fun to go home again. Bruce and I even pedaled our bikes to the Balboa Ferry, took the ferry to Balboa Island, and devoured a delicious frozen banana dipped in chocolate.
What clues have you found in photos of your ancestors?