How to date original picture?

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  1. Shutterpug

    Shutterpug TPF Noob!

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    I'm considering buying a photograph that the seller claims is from the 1950s and I was wondering how I could be sure it was original and not just a reprint.


     
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    Dave442 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Of course the original negative could have been printed out many times back in the 50's or any time after that if the negative is still around.

    I am looking at the back of a print of mine from 1974 and it has a stamp that says Print Made by Kodak July 740. I think the type of paper and any stamp or wording on the back by the paper manufacturer could help place the date of the paper that was used.
     
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    john.margetts No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Lack of printing on the back can help as well. If there is none, it was not printed on a 'modern' automated lab so more likely to be from the 50s (or by an enthusiast later).

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    Im not worried about it being a duplicate. The photograph was originally a commercial photograph so it definitely was a copy but it's the original era that I want to be sure of. I want to make sure it's from the 1950s and not just something some guy printed out in his garage.
     
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    Also I know that books enter public domain after so many years. Is it the same for photographs?
     
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    U.S. Copyright Office

    It's the same for books, pictures, and other intellectual property.
    Copyright for most goes back 95 years, to 1922.

    https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ15a.pdf
    Copyright renewal - Wikipedia

    Current copyright lasts for the life of the author (creator) plus 70 years. So the copyright of a work made by a 20 year old that lives to be 70 lasts for a total of 120 years, unless they change copyright law during the 120 years.
    Copyright Term Extension Act - Wikipedia

    How Long Does Copyright Protection Last? (FAQ) | U.S. Copyright Office
    Copyright Act of 1909 - Wikipedia
    Copyright Act of 1976 - Wikipedia
    Digital Millennium Copyright Act - Wikipedia

    International
    Berne Convention - Wikipedia
     
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