What’s that picture?

Have you ever looked at an old photograph and wondered where it was taken? What something is in a picture? Or whose face it is staring back at you?

What’s That Picture? is a site for anyone who wants hints, tips and practical help to find out where, what, or who is featured in an old picture.

Here you’ll find Recent Discoveries, new Mysteries, and coming soon some helpful hints and tips to help you identify and date your own photographs. There’s also the In Focus section, shining a spotlight on wonderful vintage images from around the world.

Recent posts

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-01-16

A Hungarian child's postcard sent from Groesbeek, Netherlands (1920s Dutch-Hungarian child rescue) https://t.co/AJOngdZXDN -> Spotted on #Flickr: WW1 – Group of distinguished Australian soldiers – 48th Battalion: Named Faces from the Pa… http://t.co/FTxAwHMp21 -> Thoroughly enjoying browsing through the Flickr … Continue reading

Sometimes it just takes the tiniest detail to get a vital clue

The Smithy, Manafon, Wales, 1894. 176 megapixel, 2,400 dpi scan (15,559 x 11,326 pixels) Zoomable view via Google Open Gallery. Double click to zoom. Click and hold to move. Or use zoom tools visible on hover. When I first saw … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest

Spotted on #Flickr: Billy Stevenson 1895: mr broddy posted a photo: Billy Stevenson c1895 in uniform. Prob… http://t.co/TZAzIGikuc 20:19:54, 2015-01-17 Spotted on #Flickr: Another Hidden Mom?: ilgunmkr – Thanks for 1,500,000+ Views posted a photo: Cabinet ca… http://t.co/OuokvgCGyi 20:19:53, 2015-01-17 … Continue reading

Why I’m making my whole vintage photo collection Public Domain

This month is Public Domain Month and it has prompted me to do something that has been on my mind for some time. I have decided to change the license on my entire personal collection of vintage photographs to Public Domain: … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-06-14

43 years after original was taken, today I went back to Welwyn track & did a 'grown up' version, here on @historypin http://t.co/amG0ve5Up7 #

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-06-07

Next week I'm going back here for the first time in about 25 years. I'll be taking a slightly bigger bike! http://t.co/ArgeoCsjhW # New photo: Dutch ambrotype – Gowthorpe / Boer / Ritter connections?: whatsthatpicture posted a photo: I bo… … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-05-31

Spotted on #Flickr Cowboy in a Large Hat – Cased Ninth Plate Tintype: Photo_History – Here but not Happy post… http://t.co/2NBValbcnj # Spotted on #Flickr p012811 La vue est prise au-dessus du Wn 61 à Colleville-sur-Mer: Michel Le Querrec posted… … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-05-24

Old photos & cycling – two of my passions! "California almost got an amazing bicycle superhighway 116 years ago" http://t.co/QKlBhmwqkQ # New photo: Early start in Harwich: whatsthatpicture posted a photo: As part of my A Penny Per Mile fundrai… … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-05-17

Old photo shopping in Amsterdam. Nov much to be found. Picked up a nice Ambrotype with good provenance. But €5 for a tatty CdV? I think not! # The nameless faces of Amsterdam – framed photos in an antiques dealer's … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-05-10

.@PhotoFramed @guardian lovely example – a unique process with a captivating charm. I own just the one #autochrome – http://t.co/pmNwdNQWrQ in reply to PhotoFramed # .@amandarandall5 @JayneShrimpton @PhotoFramed @guardian The Rothschild autochromes are also wonderful http://t.co/I0SJcqcfp8 in reply to amandarandall5 … Continue reading