A primary source image contains information that
can be gleaned by observing carefully. The first step is to note
everything you can see in the picture. The next step is to use
this evidence to draw some tentative conclusions, connecting these
to what you already know. Then test these conclusions and find
answers to any questions you have through additional research.
Exterior of W.C. Marsh & Co., auctioneers,
506 Main Street, Bridgeport. 1886
Photo CD: 0530 File: Img0002.pcd
Click on the image for a larger view.
What do your observations tell you about
When was the picture taken?
What is the setting? [City? Country? What kind of neighborhood?]
What is the relationship between the people in the photograph?
What was the purpose of the photograph? [Who took this photograph,
Consult other sources with relevant
Where might you find more information? (CHO
Web site and database? Textbook? Library?) Use the clues in the
photograph to find this image and its record in the CHO database.
Are there clues in the photograph that help you identify additional
sources and find information in/through them?
Are your analysis and interpretation consistent with what these
What questions do you have that may be answered with further research?
Take a closer look at other CHO images using the Photo Observation
and Analysis Worksheet
and doing the Picture
the Past activity.