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 2015-03-20

John Ruskin's discovered daguerreotypes featured on BBC News – http://t.co/iBlUQkq2Pj -> RT @HMSPresident: https://t.co/omFvLIOJiI Watch HMS President 1918 arriving in Blackfriars back in 1922… #London #Thames #River -> RT @WWIIToday: 3/20/1945-3rd Army Inf. of 4th Armored Div. edge their way … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-03-13

"A man and his wallet [and photographs], reunited after 65 years" http://t.co/qAJaubFE6b -> RT @thegentleauthor: Who can help me publish a beautiful book of Colin O'Brien's LONDON LIFE? http://t.co/8ZVEIx5xur http://t.co/zKuRmUFFfK -> RT @WW1link: Can you help us identify this Sydney … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-03-06

RT @WW1_Education: Start researching your #WW1 ancestors. Free access to @findmypast this weekend http://t.co/RTODynFtZQ Then add what you … -> RT @JayneShrimpton: And special thanks to @jamesinealing @PhotosOfThePast for providing some of our fantastic photos of fashionable men! ht… -> … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-02-27

RT @Marstal_Museum: Picture of the Week: Pax, a hunting built three-masted Marstal schooner, Greenland 1954. http://t.co/gdmvhz5T2O -> RT @Marstal_Museum: International #PolarBearDay! Danish "Isbjørn" (Polar Bear) in ice winter, Frederikshavn – Denmark 19. February 1929. ht… -> RT @Marstal_Museum: Picture of … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-02-20

Just added a brand new mystery photographer, George Lonman, to my collection of Ealing studios // @JayneShrimpton http://t.co/ZCzBMU54Yd -> Interesting copyright conundrum – @FrancisFrith died 1898 so images are Public Domain, but which ones did he actually take vs his … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-02-13

RT @jamesinealing: Just discovered this old but excellent resource on early photography from @CornellRMC http://t.co/YzdNhUJcp2 http://t.co… -> New photo: Carte de visite by Porter, Ealing (reverse): whatsthatpicture posted a photo: Part of my resear… http://t.co/Yiy9lUacYh -> New photo: Carte de … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-02-06

This C19th @AspreyLondon album of cartes de visite from @EastMarple1 is a real treasure, with some notable studios https://t.co/FjXXrUn5x3 -> I had high hopes for the new 'Camera Role' display feature in @Flickr but actually find it quite extremely dull … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-01-30

Hearing about #Daguerreobase at @EurPhoto mtg. Combining work @europeanaeu with my passion for early photography http://t.co/eBMu5eTdDU -> RT @RealTimeWW1: Freemasons' lodge in Berlin offers its building as military hospital.German soldier's postcard.http://t.co/04GVZupSm7 http… -> Behind the all-text interface, there are some … Continue reading

Weekly @PhotosOfThePast Twitter digest w/c 2015-01-23

RT @AOYLeuven: Only 9 days left to the opening of the exhibition #AllOurYesterdays in Leuven! http://t.co/8NoN3wcKZh http://t.co/iiYH1ZGopr -> Spotted on #Flickr: Mrs. Mary Partridge Woodman (CDV by J. Taylor's Photographic Studio, 191 Sixth Avenue, New… http://t.co/AvWqPCqdJz -> Looks like @wellcomeimages … Continue reading

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