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 from the case styles to the mats. It’s an amazing project.

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About My Guest:

Sean William Nolan is a photo-historian and for nearly 50 years an daguerreotype collector. His background in Art History and computer programming gave him the skills and incentive to objectively date early photographic housings based on extant dated examples. He is plays the baroque flute, composes for the recorder, and is a big fan of silent movies and 1930s hard-boiled detective fiction. In short, if it is obsolete, Sean is into it.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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