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3 Ways to Save Holiday Family History

By Maureen Taylor on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 in Family photography, Uncategorized. No Comments

Thanksgiving usually means turkey and all the trimmings. I’d like you to think about what else the holiday represents. Family and friends. Holidays are great times to collect family history. At our house the dinner chatter usually turns to family history. Food starts that path to reminiscence. My aunt loved parsnips and pearl onions on […]


Kodak Craze circa 1893

By Maureen Taylor on Monday, June 16th, 2014 in Family photography. No Comments

Thank you to Lori Parkinson who found this clipping in the front of a family scrapbook circa 1893. The woman attended Mt. Carmel (Illinois) High School and Northwestern.  Today’s parents worry about the inappropriateness of photographs their teenagers post on Facebook, but this worry is nothing new.  Parents worried about the influence of photography on […]


Retouched Photos in the Family Album

By Maureen Taylor on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 in Family photography, Historical Photographs. No Comments

This week Time Magazine ran an article on the top ten doctored pictures including the famous Matthew Brady image of the Civil War generals. Matthew Brady may have been the most proficient but he certainly wasn’t the only nineteenth century photographer changing the appearance of an image. Take this family group from the late 1890s. […]


Ask Maureen: Photocopy Woes

By Maureen Taylor on Friday, September 25th, 2009 in Ask Maureen, Family photography. 1 Comment

Will wrote with two questions: Some 15 years ago, someone in the family lost the lone original of a cherished family photo from 1880. We have the photocopy in black and white. First, could this be turned back into a negative (albeit an inferior one) and reprinted using antique sepia techniques from similar family photo’s […]


A Veteran’s Day Tribute

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 in Family photography. 6 Comments

My Dad, James William Taylor, Jr., was a man of few words. When you’d ask him a direct question you’d rarely get a full answer. Towards the end of his life he spent a day mentioning 1943. I don’t know why. He really didn’t want to talk about it. Like so many of his generation, […]


Throw Out Your Photos! OMG

By Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 in Family photography, Photo Albums. 1 Comment

I just can’t believe it. An article titled Feng Shui Your Photos in the Imperial Valley (CA) News, advises folks to scan all their pictures and discard them. The scanning message is basically sound advice, but only if the author had included a few tidbits about scanning formats and resolution. You should scan images as […]


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