Then there are hapless teens Meg and Chris; sassy baby Stewie, who's wise (and a wise guy) beyond his years; and family dog Brian, who might be the smartest of the lot.

Series creator Set Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional.

Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional.

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If all else fails, you can write “c.1940,” which is the abbreviation for “circa 1940,” which is fancy art history speak for “around 1940.” Voilà, you’re an art historian. But seriously folks, the following are some easy dating references commonly found on photographs and other media, and more information can be found at the Image Permanence Institute’s Graphics Atlas website, perhaps the most comprehensive resource out there for identifying and dating photos, by clicking Note the dates, subjects and locations indicated on various elements of this particular box of 35mm color slides.

Also notice that there is no chicken wing sauce on any of these irreplaceable artifacts (see Blog #3). This is another example of why it is recommended that original boxes and envelopes be kept, as they often offer a wealth of information.

For example: “Hey, Grandma, I found these pix of you and some guy (who, unfortunately, isn’t Grandpa) out at some beach somewhere. ” If Grandma’s not around cuz she “stepped out”—if you get my drift—then you can ask mom or dad, as they might know through their knowledge of family history.

If that’s not possible because mom was abducted by space aliens years ago and dad’s out bowling then you can always come up with a date range by looking at the style of cars or dress or hairdos or hats that are in your photographs.

The woman in the top image wears a hat that dates this image to c.1905, while the flapper-style hat worn by the woman below it dates this image to c.1925-1930.

Likewise, the automobile model behind the trio also points to this approximate date.Maybe that senior citizen down at the hair salon can be of help if you don’t have a sense of historic styles, and of course there is always the Internet.Just type in “hat styles of the 1930s, or 1940s,” or whatever year you can guess and then compare what you have to what was popular at the time. THIS is why I’m keeping prints and negs in the same original envelopes until the time comes to transfer them—and this important identification info—into archival print and negative envelopes, archival print pages, or archival albums.When such date references are not found, dating photos is still possible by asking those who are in them what’s what.I have inherited over a dozen photo albums just like this, and it gets even better as all the photographs inside are each captioned by hand in white ink.