Episode 123: America’s Pandemic Pastime: Making Photo Reunions Happen

Every time I see another news story on a photo reunion that’s happened through crowdsourcing images online I chuckle.  I have a closet full of mysteries and not much luck reuniting images with living people. Yet, just in the last few months, there are images being shared online that are within a short time being…

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Episode 121: Ask Maureen March 2021

In this monthly podcast, Maureen shares questions received via email and through social media. Can you tell us about changing exposure times for photographic portraits and why people didn’t smile for pictures?Do you have a good resource for looking up photographer names by location and years they were active?Is there a good resource for dating…

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Episode 118: Eliza Hamilton Revealed with author Susan Holloway Scott

If you thought that you knew Eliza Hamilton because you watched the Broadway musical, well…you need to read Susan Holloway Scott’s book, I Eliza.  What makes good theater isn’t necessarily accurate. There is a whole lot more to the Alexander/ Eliza story.  Susan is a master storyteller weaving fact with fiction to weave a tale…

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Episode 117: Ask Maureen February 2021 Edition

In this episode I answer your photo questions submitted through my social media accounts and via email. I have dozens of large photo albums that were put together by my grandfather and father from the 1980s to the present. Do I take all the photos out of the pages (4/page) or scan the whole page?…

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Bonus Episode: Tintypes Made for Movies and Television

I think that 19th-century tintype photographers would be amazed to see that their medium is still thriving in the age of digital photography. Their spirit exists in my guest for this bonus episode. Rob Gibson travels around the country with a motorcycle and a portable studio, similar to his itinerant predecessors who used wagons. He…

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Episode 116: America and the Tintype with Steven Kasher

Collecting images is something that I’m familiar with. There are thousands of images in my research collection. It’s hard to stop purchasing interesting pictures because each one is a little different. My own collection features a variety of image formats including  tintypes of men fishing off a prop boat with lines and fake fish. Women…

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Bonus Episode: Lost History Discovered (in the Recycling)

When I saw coverage in The New York Times of a cache of slides and the attempts to identify the who, what, where, and when of them, I had to talk with the man who made this serendipitous discovery.  Not all slides belong to be discarded some as my guest called it are “gold dust.”…

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