The Photo Detective

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I know that my guest’s feelings about abandoned orphan photos will resonate with you.  He hates seeing a photo abandoned and unfortunately he sees a lot of them.  It’s a personal mission for Kody Beltz of the Good Finch Company of Witcha, Kansa
How long do you spend working on a photo mystery?  It might surprise you to hear that this week’s guest spent more than a decade on her photo problem. The combination of family connections and research can helped her solve several photo problem
Every month Maureen does a live Q & A on Facebook and YouTube answering questions submitted by listeners. Have a question?  Email her at [email protected] month’s questions:How did Maureen become The Photo Detective?Summertim
Their website makes it clear that the eight-person team at Vintage Aerial loves preserving the heritage of rural America and sharing it with anyone and everyone who cares. They’ve built a website of an amazing 18 million images and growing that
From stamps to envelopes and postcards, my guest’s collecting passions expanded when he bought a few cards at a sale and became fascinated by the postmarks (and messages). He’s an expert on postmarks and using them as a photo clue. We chat abou
In today’s world, those of us with mobile devices communicate by texting. For our turn of the twentieth-century ancestors, it was through the mail. Imagine getting multiple mail deliveries a day and the possibilities of that communication.  Pos
It’s time for another themed month. This time it's postcards.  Three guests this month share stories about their personal connections with these mailable images. In this episode, English collector Mark Routh chats about his collection which spa
Every month, Maureen tackles photo identification, photo preservation questions from those submitted through social media and email. You can submit a question through [email protected] month’s questions:After scanning portrai
Attorney David Whitcomb purchased space for a new office and found forgotten picture history of the suffrage movement. These old photos revealed clues about local history and national politics.In our last house, we found a note from the first o
Collecting is often a hobby that starts when we’re in grade school. Did you have a childhood hobby?  I did. I loved learning about family history and old photos. I’m still passionate about it today.  My guest turned his hobby of collecting old
A few years ago, I gave a presentation at The Varnum Armory a medieval-style building in East Greenwich Rhode Island. After the talk, members took me behind the scenes. Built in 1913, it is the headquarters for Varnum’s Regiment, a chartered un
At Rootstech 2021 myself, Nancy and Christopher Desmond of presented a three-part class on unlocking the shoebox of photos.  I love partnering with those two. They have a passion for genealogy and photography. Thousands of people w
 Included are ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, glass negatives, tin types, cabinet cards, photo postcards, photo strips, photomatics, and snapshots – over 100 years of social history and the development of photography.Related Episodes:Episode 116: A
Take one wedding photo, add some research and you’ll end up with quite the story. That’s the premise behind The Wedding Detectives on BBC Radio 4. Charlotte Sibtain was on The Photo Detective back in episode 44 vintage Wedding Photos.  I discov
Each month Maureen answers questions from listeners. When scanning cabinet cards, do you only do one scan of the entire front of the card which would include the border & photographer logo, or do you also make a 2nd scan of just the photo itsel
The fight for racial equality in the nineteenth century played out not only in marches and political conventions but also in the print and visual culture created and disseminated throughout the United States by African Americans.  Producing pri
Two and a half years ago, Shannon Uschold of Generation Story app was a guest on this podcast.  Listeners rocketed it to one of the  top ten episodes where it stayed for a couple of years. I know you have heirlooms you don’t know what to do wit
May became National Photography Month in 1987 when Congress recognized the role photography plays in modern society. The American Photographers Association one of the primary backers and supporters of Photography Month. There are activities, ex
Death by outfit isn’t something featured in the game of Clue but it could be. Our ancestors lured to the new bright colors of the nineteenth century wore garments poisoned with arsenic and mercury, perhaps hurrying along their deaths. Not that
My guest offers tips on preserving the memories of loved ones we’ve lost. Photographs are a key part of remembering. We can see their faces and it triggers a range of emotions in us.  Family history offers us the way to continue to keep our lov
At the end of every month, I answer questions from listeners.How do I safely remove photos from a spiral-bound album?The kind with the sticky page covered with a sheet of cellophane Celia, that’s called a magnetic album and they were really, re
It doesn’t take hindsight to realize you’re living in historic times. This last year has taught us that.  This week’s guest told me that residents of Lexington and Concord immediately recognized the significance of April 19, 1775, and saved pie
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, th
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 pu
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 look
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