Photo Type

This is the type of camera and film that was most likely used for the photograph. In the early, 20th century, the Kodak Brownie was one of the most popular cameras for home photographs because of its simplicity and affordability.

Towards the middle of the 20th century, square format film and 35mm cameras became the norm, with color film gaining popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. Color 35mm film continued to be the dominent film at the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st.

In the late 1990s, digital cameras became common among consumers and by the mid-2000s, digital cameras had largely replaced film cameras. Today, almost all family photographs are digital, most taken on phone cameras, and published on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and blogs.

Photo Themes

The themes on each of the photographs comes from a card sorting exercise where all of the images were categorized based on common events, places, or subject matter. These themes are a way to categorize the images and see the similarities and differences across time, medium, and location.

You can filter the themes by clicking on the filter icon in the top-middle of the menu bar.

Similar Photos

The related photos below were selected based on visual similarities between the different images. While the themes focused on content and subject matter, the similar photos looks at the common visual elements that can be seen throughout the images regardless of time, medium, and location.

You can click on each of the related images to be taken directly to that image.