Of course, everyone loves old photos. At first glance, they're pictures of your ancestors. Your mother's family, a family gathering at some special occasion. You figure out who's in them and when it was taken and add them to your database. How often do you go back and look at them? I mean really look. In your mind, look at them as if you've never seen them before. Look in the background, at the expression on people's faces, at things that are not the focus of the picture. Do this and it's possible you can figure out things that were really going on. Here are few examples from my collection.
First up is one of the photos I recently scanned in from my mom's photo albums. It's a group photo taken at the 59th wedding anniversary of my great-grandparents, August Menke and Mary Harmeyer.
Next up is another group photo taken at a party at my Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe Winnike's home.
Next up is the Doran family. Here are a few photos of the Dorans.
In the next example, there's nothing in the photograph itself that sheds light on anything, it's the photo and the date. Here is a picture of my dad (and his toupee) standing, and two of his nephews, one of which is Stanley Winnike, sitting on a chair in the center of the photo.
Here's another photo I found in Mom's boxes. Keep in mind that I didn't recognize these photos were related when I scanned them in. They were both in a large box I was scanning. I only stumbled on the commonality later.
This is my Uncle Bob Blind with his daughter Kathy. The photo is labeled New Years 1953.
Looking at a large group of thumbnails showed me the similar color of the photos, which tells me they could have been taken close to the same time. Now let's look closer at each of the photos.
Here's Bob's foot in the photo of him and Kathy:
Go back and look at the seemingly unimportant things in the background of the photo. Match them up with other photos to see which ones may have been taken at the same time. What do these details tell about what's really going on in the pictures? Take another look and see what you missed the first time around.