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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 6/4/2017 4:16 PM
Family Surname: Brack, Ehrenfeld
Country: Hungary
Town: Ipolykeszi
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Found this in a stack of family photos which tells me what branch of the family it must be from. Looking for opinions of approximately when this photo was taken, based on photo style, clothing etc. I hope to use that to narrow down who this might be a photo of.

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6/4/2017 7:23 PM 1910-1920 perhaps
6/4/2017 8:29 PM Hello Peter,

I would agree with that time period.....Jo
6/6/2017 1:52 AM i would say she was between 20 and 30
6/6/2017 5:09 AM On the basis of the hair style, the cloche, and the dress with the short skirt with the fur trim at the hem, I'd date it later -- between 1925-1930, possibly very early thirties.
6/6/2017 6:37 AM The photo is most likely to be from the 1920s when shorter skirts we fashionable and also fur trims on the hems.
6/6/2017 10:02 AM Mi-late 1920s, long after armistice by the cut of her dress and bobbed hair. You can compare her dress to images in historic fashion plates and catalogue images on-line. If there's any information about the photographer on the back you can try to narrow down when that person was in business. This is really useful if there's an address.
6/7/2017 3:20 PM my guess would be 1920s, based on the style of the picture, such as soft focus, sepia tone, etc. or possibly earlier.

but also, keep in mind that "fashions" might have spread a bit more slowly to outlying areas than they would have in paris. so comparing them to fashion magazines of the time would set an earliest date (they probably weren't ahead of paris), rather than an absolute one.

the girl looks physically mature, but seems to be unmarried, so i would guess that she's in her late teens or early twenties.

if you can, look at the back of the picture. usually there is at least some indication of how to order reprints (a lucrative business for the photographer), either the studio's imprint, with name, address and sometimes even phone number, and sometimes a negative number as well. if you're really lucky (it does happen sometimes), the photographer was really organized and the number includes the date.
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