This is a photo from 1960. I was there when it was taken, because I am in the photo..ha! This is a good example of a photo that you can date within a few months. I was not sure when this photo was taken..but here is the journey I followed with this photo.
I look somewhere between 8 and 10 years old..my baby brother would be 5 to 7 ( he is three years younger than me.) The little guy in front is the clue. How old do you think he is?
Well let’s see..we live in Minnesota..it is obviously a summer photo. 1959 or 1960 or 1961 are the only choices on this one.
My cousin Kevin was born in August of 1958, his Father died(in September of 1959)when he was just a year old. After his Fathers death, Kevin spent a fair amount of time at our house..my baby brother and I loved him just like a little brother.
At first glance you may think that this is my Mother and me and my two brothers..not so..my other baby brother is in this photo but you cannot see him. My Mother is pregnant in this photo..and we did not know back then if we were getting a brother or a sister. My baby brother and I wanted a another brother..probably because we loved Kevin so much. My other baby brother was born in October of 1960.
Therefore the little boy in front (Kevin) is two, I am eight ( almost nine and headed into fourth grade and puberty) and my baby brother would have been six and on his way to first grade ..he has some fancy high top tennis shoes..I remember how excited he was to get them.
Would you look at that scarf I am wearing..and that fashionista belt..it was one of those wide elastic belts all the rage back then..it was all about the belt closure..all pretty with pearls or gold thingy's that interlocked for the closure. I had three of these belts..one was black one was white and one was pink.
This photo was taken at our farm on the west side of the house, you can see the big picture window, the bathroom window ( we got a real bathroom INSIDE the house the year before) and the sewing room window..my room was on this side of the house too, we are standing just to the west of that window.
You can see what a process it is to date photos, it is much easier if someone marks them with names and the date. This one was easy because I remember that time in my life when the photo was taken. Fifty years sure went fast, luckily I can still recall a few of the details to date some of these old photos:)