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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 10/2/2013 4:57 PM
Family Surname: Ravson (Rawson)
Country: Germany
Date of Image: 1908 (?)
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Can anyone help me with the origin of my relatives based on their dress in this photo? I think that my great-grandfather was born in Germany in 1871 and I believe these are relatives of his. I am interested to know if the photo can be dated, where it might have been taken, and if these people look like they are from a certain area or country. Thanks very much.

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10/4/2013 4:31 PM I took some family jewelry to be dated by a costumes specialist. She told me it's really critical to know the geographical area, because styles too sometimes 10 years to make out to more remote areas. For instance, my family in Breslau/Wroclaw would have been about 10 years behind Paris in the 19th c., in terms of fashion. I would recommend scanning the coins, medals, and cup in your other photo - just those sections - at the highest resolution you can manage. I've manged to do that & get some interesting detail from old pictures. Further, is there anything on the back of the carte de visite? Often the photography studio had an identification they glued there. Doesn't mean the family didn't travel to have the photo done, but it does give you an area to check out.
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