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Dating family photographs

What to look for: Shorter hair, pulled back from the sides pulled on top of the head or curled into ringlets.

Remember, however, that the descriptions below are generalities and you very well could stumble upon exceptions to these rules. But as photo processes became more advanced and less expensive with the introduction of ambrotype portraits, women wanted to look more sophisticated in their photos.

Puffs were worn bigger in the evenings with thin ringlets coming out of the bun at times.

What to look for: Hair parted down the center with hair drawn behind the years tightly into a bun worn at the back of the head, sometimes with lace, flowers, netting or arranged in braids and loops.

You can also use Flickr and Pinterest to find large collections of historical pictures of African-American (I have collections for each decade in Pinterest).