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Visiting Chrysler, June 1964.

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Maybe it was developed in June, but the trees look like it was shot earlier in the year to me. Also appears to be shot in late afternoon, and people look dressed for moderate temperatures.

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All the slide mount date tells us is it couldn't have been shot PAST that month.  But most people got their pictures developed within a couple of weeks..... so if I see June stamped on the slide I usually take it to be May or June unless there are clues that it's even earlier.

*Handwritten* dates, on the other hand, are a lot more accurate.

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What a nice shot. Really like the way the Ferris wheel looks with its bright red and white cars. I remember SKF too, they had magazines in glass cases with push buttons to mechanically turn the pages. I was into push buttons as kid. 

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If the month is in question it certainly appears to me there are no leaves on the trees.  That wouldn't be June.  Even in mid-October there would be some leaves on the trees and color in those leaves.  It's very likely April in Downstate New York.

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On ‎11‎/‎26‎/‎2017 at 10:37 AM, waynebretl said:

Maybe it was developed in June, but the trees look like it was shot earlier in the year to me. Also appears to be shot in late afternoon, and people look dressed for moderate temperatures.

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On ‎11‎/‎26‎/‎2017 at 4:02 PM, Randy Treadway said:

All the slide mount date tells us is it couldn't have been shot PAST that month.  But most people got their pictures developed within a couple of weeks..... so if I see June stamped on the slide I usually take it to be May or June unless there are clues that it's even earlier.

*Handwritten* dates, on the other hand, are a lot more accurate.

 

How does one determine the date a slide was taken?  I realize that the photo could not have been taken after the processing date, but how does one determine how much before the date the photo was taken?  Some people didn't get their film developed till weeks after the photos were taken depending on a lot of factors, including how close they lived to where they could take them to be developed.  (Unless you were a youngster like me who wanted them developed "NOW!")   Even a handwritten date can be suspect, unless the person sees the slide,  takes it out, and dates it, according to when they knew it was taken.  

I was at the Brimfield Flea Market this year, searching for WF64 memorabilia, and although I made a couple of scores, I didn't come across any slides.  But if I did find a random box, how would I date them?

 

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Most of the time it's a guesstimate. I have some that have very detailed notes down to the date, time, and f/stop used. Others may have handwritten date and in those cases I'm assuming whoever labeled them knew what the date was as they probably took them. Other times all we have is the processing date - and that can be WAY off. I have some processed in 1966 as an example.

Other times you might be able to use something in the photo as an indicator. If it has a Greyhound Escorter then it's 194 as the Escorters were not there in 1965. I have a guide to many of the changes at https://www.worldsfairphotos.com/nywf64/changes.htm

Hope that helps.

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you can also post a pic here and ask "what do you guys think?" as to a time frame.  We have a lot of information that might narrow it down to the correct month (or adjacent month).

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Sorry I can't provide a processed date for the above images, Ray. The slides were large format from my Rolleiflex and Ikoflex cameras (2 1/4 inch square). Regular superslides were popped out of the larger format, using a German 4-corner cropper, and then hand-mounted in plastic frames. The processing info wound up on the cutting room floor.

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