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Reading Photographs: Snow Day

Jan 30 2012
Instructions

How carefully do you look at photos? Often, photographs and other visual primary sources come with captions that say when they were created and what they portray. But what if a picture isn't captioned? How can you figure out its date?

Examine the photo below carefully. (To see a larger version of the photo, click "Snow Day Photo" in the box on the left.) Then answer these questions about what you see.


  1. What type of building takes up most of the photograph?
    A.

    Grocery store

    B.

    Movie theater

    C.

    Gas station and garage

    D.

    Bookstore


  2. What do you see in the building's lower windows? (Click here to take a closer look.)
    A.

    Movie posters

    B.

    Recruiting posters

    C.

    Concert posters

    D.

    Advertisements for personal electronics


  3. What is the vehicle in the left-hand corner of the photo?
    A.

    Horse-drawn carriage

    B.

    Ford Model T

    C.

    Car from the 21st century

    D.

    Car from the middle of the 20th century


  4. What type of photo is this?
    A.

    Black and white

    B.

    Daguerrotype

    C.

    Color

    D.

    Cyanotype