Are you having difficulty identifying people in photographs? Here are some tips to help…
Unidentified Men at Camp Council Meeting, May 1939, Farmersville, CA by Dorothea Lange (Library of Congress)
In the 19th century, it was a normal practice to list negatives of photographs in ledger books that also described the subject and date the photograph was taken. Photographers’ account books, diaries and journals may provide clues.
Each exposure was assigned a negative number and portrait sittings always required more views. To find photographers’ records…try to contact his/her remaining family members. They may have a journal or ledger.