Time Travel is Real (Sort of)

Name a show with time travel as a theme. I’ve likely seen it.  A book with time as a plot. I’ve likely read it.  There is something fascinating about the whole idea of actually stepping back into the past.  Our photos let us peek into that realm but there is always something missing.  We can…

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A Box of Trouble

In the late 1970s, my mother decided to organize her pictures. It was way before acid and lignin free materials were readily available. In fact, product advertising was often misleading. She decided it would make a nice present for her children if she placed some of our pictures in albums.  She chose the low-cost and…

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness | There are four steps to a disaster planning process: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Most museums, libraries, and archives have disaster plans and you should too. | The Photo Detective

Many of us live in areas exposure to natural disasters such a hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. While there is some predictability to weather fluctuations it is the unexpected events such as firs and floods that change our lives   There are four steps to a disaster planning process: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.  Most museums, libraries, and…

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Messages on Ancestral Photos

Messages on Ancestral Photos | The Photo Detective

I love the messages our ancestors left on their photographs. There are arguments about who’s who in different handwriting. Notes about loved ones. Captions that include who labeled the picture. Mathematical problems (this is true!) I’ve even found images with whole family trees outlined on the back explaining how the person in the image fits…

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3 Ways to Weed Your Photo Collection

By now you’ve either watched an episode of the Marie Kondo series on joyful cleaning or know someone who has.  My drawers are now full of neatly folded clothes.  I get it. We have too much stuff, but when cleaning wanders over into the photosphere well then I have an opinion. It’s not horrible to discard certain…

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A Convenient Place?

I have a story that will make you sick. Not literally of course, but as soon as I heard it my stomach flipped. We’re all struggling with photo overload. Our parents. Our stuff. It’s a lot.  So in an effort to clean out our houses, we turn to short term storage.  I did when we…

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Old Maumer, 107 yrs.

Several years ago I purchased this image at a photo show.  It called to me from a case.  “Find my story.” “Name me.”  So I bought the image intrigued by the research possibilities.  She’s in my book, The Last Muster: Faces of the Revolution.  Here’s what I wrote. At some point in the late 1860s,…

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A Revolutionary Trio: Molly Ferris Akin

An old Akin Family Association newsletter story mentioned Molly Ferris Akin. Did the young Quaker woman really sneak into the British encampment and fire a musket? If so, then she supposedly alerted the Americans to their location in Pawling, New York. The pieces of her story weren’t in one place. Verissima Productions and I traveled…

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A Revolutionary Trio: Agrippa Hull

Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  It’s a picturesque town in the Berkshires. It is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and where the sculptor Daniel Chester French once lived. It is also where Revolutionary War patriot, Agrippa Hull resided. On a steamy summer day, myself and Verissima Productions explored the town. We weren’t there to see the tourist…

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A Revolutionary Trio: Eleazer Blake

Fitzwilliam and Rindge, New Hampshire are lovely towns situated on country roads. A blurry picture of Revolutionary War veteran, Eleazer Blake led me there. I arrived with Vermissima Productions on a typical spring New England day. It was cold, blustery, and sunny. We were hunting for details of Blake’s wartime service. We discovered many more…

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