Episode 122: Reproducing History and Protecting the Past: One Cased Image at a Time

Over the years, clients have asked, “Where can I purchase a replacement case for my daguerreotype (or other cased images)? I finally have an answer for that.  My guest takes molds of historic cases and creates reproductions. Not only can you purchase a variety of designs for old photos. Some of his clients use them for modern-day pictures creating a place where the past meets the present. Museum seeking to display copies of valuable images contact Steve Hane too.  You may have seen his work and not known it. His photo cases have been sold to and appeared in a number of television and film projects including HBO’s True Blood, Netflix’s OBX, the feature film Harriet, and Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird.  Now I wonder if one of my February guests knows Steve. Rob Gibson in a bonus episode, Tintypes in the Movies and Television.  It appears Rob took tintypes for Harriet and Steve supplied the cases.  A cool coincidence. 

Related Episodes:

Bonus Episode: Tintypes Made for Television and the Movies

Episode 96: Photo Fakes with Mike Medhurst


About My Guest:

Steve Hane has been a professional photographer since 2005 when he started his aerial photography business, a MetroAir Photo LLC in Maryland.  Prior to that he has been interested in history all his life and has been a Civil War reenactor since 1997 participating in hundreds of events from small living histories to the largest reenactments in the country.  He has been doing wet plate photography since taking John Coffer’s class in 2015 and later that year he took Michael Rhodes phoenix case-making class.

    Two years later, in 2017, he purchased Michael’s company, Modern Day Antique and he has been continuing the work of creating reproduction mid-19th-century photo cases and modern interpretations.  Since then he has expanded his offerings to range from images taken with natural light to artificial light with strobes in his photo studio he built with the help of his father-in-law in the fall of 2017.


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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