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

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

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-05-03

A bit of vintage photo forensics … hidden writing on a card mount revealed by changing the lighting http://t.co/IVds31F58a # New photo: Horses in the stable block of an estate, ca 1890: whatsthatpicture posted a photo: This seems a… http://t.co/TZv3j8ZF5W … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-04-26

Stunning 1949 picture and perfect Street View overlay in Haarlem, Holland via @historypin http://t.co/sN81RCqMXp # Really excited to see 'The Story of Kew Gardens in Photographs' book is out, and only £15 http://t.co/F0ZnVeDoEb HT @KewDC # New photo: Damn, just … Continue reading

Weekly twitter digest: 2013-04-19

Inspired by the #GLAMWiki conference I have released >100 vintage images under a CC0 license #wikipedia #experiment http://t.co/rYsjRwbXrq # Stunning #Flickr set of early UK railway images "Pre-Grouping Locos" http://t.co/Q8O9b7PVVo # Great video about the @historypin app in use in … Continue reading

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