Dating old photographs requires detective work


Searching for clues: Joan Hostetler, co-owner of Heritage Photo and Research Services in Indianapolis, will present a program on investigative and interpretive techniques for photographs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield.

GREENFIELD — Want to know whether that skinny young man with the cocky smile in the dog-eared photo is Grandpa?

Check his ear lobes.

“Our ears grow, but they don’t change,” said Joan Hostetler, a photo preservationist and archive specialist from Indianapolis. “Our ear lobes stay the same.”

Hostetler presents a free seminar Wednesday at Hancock County Public Library’s central location detailing techniques for dating and interpreting old pictures.

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