Episode 115: Identifying and Caring for Tintypes

I hope you’re enjoying this month-long focus on tintypes. Those inexpensive metal images of our ancestors appear in antique shops and online auctions in cases, paper sleeves, and without any protective covering.  Durable enough to be mailed during the Civil War they were common throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century and persisted into…

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Episode 114: Modern Tintypes Made With History

If you thought tintypes were only from the olden days, you may be surprised to learn that the tintypes are still being produced today. Those dark tin images in your family collection don’t begin to show off the beauty of a tintype.  Modern tintypes are amazing.  The subtle colors let us imagine what those varnished…

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Episode 114: Modern Tintypes Made With History

If you thought tintypes were only from the olden days, you may be surprised to learn that the tintypes are still being produced today. Those dark tin images in your family collection don’t begin to show off the beauty of a tintype.  Modern tintypes are amazing.  The subtle colors let us imagine what those varnished…

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Episode 113: Ask Maureen January 2021 Edition

In this new series, you ask the questions and Maureen answers. You can email her questions at photodetective@maureentaylor.com In this edition she talks about an interesting Spanish-American War image, a type of skirt worn by women in the 1920s, and how to resize images. It’s a potpourri of photo related inquires. Related Episodes: Episode 80:…

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Episode 112: Love History? You can go to History Camp

Why let kids have all the fun at camp?   For folks that love history see if there is a History Camp in your area and join in by presenting or participating. As they advertise:  At History Camp, everyone is welcome. Anyone can attend. And anyone can present. Topics may range from local history to…

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Episode 111: Dating Cased Images with Sean Nolan

I’ve mentioned before how the history of photography needs dedicated individuals to compile and collect bits of the story.  There are so many details not covered in traditional history of photography publications. My guest this week uses digital collections and images in his own collection to study and date cased images like daguerrotypes and ambrotypes…

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Episode 110: Best Practices for Photo Organizing

It’s the beginning of the year. A good time to review the ways we approach our photos.  Best practices vary based on what you are trying to accomplish. There is no setlist of what should be done in which order. For instance,  Identifying photo best practices are not the same as the tasks relating to…

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Episode 109: Portable Photo Preservation: Shotbox

Family history doesn’t always come in a size and shape made for scanning. Pictures can be oversize. Albums don’t lie flat. Artifacts come with the mix.  What’s a family historian to do?  Invest in a Shotbox, a portable studio that’s simple to use. Debuted at Rootstech a few years ago and now is available at…

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Episode 108: Researching the Ships of Our Ancestors

Ships passenger lists contain the name of the vessel that transported our ancestors from their homelands to the United States or travelers crossing the ocean. But do you know how to research those vessels to find information and images?  This week’s guest can help. She’s with the Steamship Historical Society of America. Their mission is…

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Episode 107:Holiday Photos and Caption Clues

Every Fall I start mumbling about the “highway to the holidays,” that hectic time of year that consumes any leftover moments of the day with preparations. The rituals, cooking, and cleaning are part of the holiday season regardless of what event you celebrate and how many people are in attendance.   This year is a different…

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