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The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor

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The Photo Detective

The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor

4
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13
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**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 https://maureentaylor.com.

Latest Episodes

Women in the Dark: Female Photographers in the U.S. 1850-1900

Every so often I’ll turn over an image and I’ll see a woman’s name as the photographer. Now I know that there were many female photographers from the daguerreotype era onward, but rarely are they featured in histories of photography or their work on display in an exhibit. My guest today is on a mission to change that her new book women in the dark focuses on female photographers from 1850 to 1900, the volume includes in-depth profiles of some women photographers.

37 min1 w ago
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Women in the Dark: Female Photographers in the U.S. 1850-1900

Clues in Group Portraits and Photo Albums

Group photos can be a problem if you don't know where to start. It's best to start with a date for the picture. Photo albums pose another type of mystery. What story do they tell and why is that person on page one?

10 min2 w ago
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Clues in Group Portraits and Photo Albums

Organize, Preserve, and Share with Collectionaire.com

Your family history data, images, and movies might be on the web in a variety of places from genealogy sites to movie hosting platforms. Now imagine that you can create an online collection that gives you all those links in one place. Then write a family narrative within that site and be able to share as well as collaborate with other family. In one place you’ll have links to Uncle Jim’s pictures of the last family reunion in Google Photos, Aunt Sue’s family history project, Ancestry.com pages, and young Jimmy’s home movies on YouTube and so much more. That’s the concept behind Collectionaire, a two-year-old brilliant solution that lets us gather all our web links to family in one place.

46 min3 w ago
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Organize, Preserve, and Share with Collectionaire.com

Recreate Victorian Decor with Photo Clues

I’m pretty lucky to live walking distance from a National Historic Landmark. The Lippitt House is a property of Preserve Rhode Island and it is Providence Rhode Island’s premiere Victorian house museum. Once inside this 1865 house you’ll understand it’s landmark status. It has one of the best preserved interiors in America, allowing visitors to experience exceptional Victorian design and American craftsmanship. My guest shares how an 1893 photo of the house allowed them to recreate pieces of the Victorian decor. It is definitely not a stuffy old house. Following the Lippitt family’s example of public service, the museum’s cultural programming promotes civic engagement, the arts, and history of Providence.

26 minNOV 1
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Recreate Victorian Decor with Photo Clues

Rediscovering an American Community of Color

Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill, it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them. That second look led to a collaboration with a historian at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, an exhibit and an award winner catalog for the show. Those negatives documented the African American community in that city, a group of individuals studied by Janette Greenwood for a project on migrations. She never thought she’d see the faces of those individuals nor did the descendants of many of the people in the photographers. It was a case of photographic kismet.

30 minOCT 18
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Rediscovering an American Community of Color

The 100th Episode Celebration

It's the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we're celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It's the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo related but watch out I'm a fan of historical fiction so authors talk about writing too. The show is a combination of my two loves--history and photography.

32 minOCT 11
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The 100th Episode Celebration

The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Stuck at home during this pandemic looking for something fun to do? Look no further than the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection and the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

40 minOCT 4
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The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image? Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call. And it was FREE. There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together. It’s pretty amazing. It’s called Storyglory.me

30 minSEP 23
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Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question. It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph and look at connections to your family history.

10 minSEP 16
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So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography. Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer. It’s unfortunately true. When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief. Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledge of historic images.

40 minSEP 9
Comments
Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

Latest Episodes

Women in the Dark: Female Photographers in the U.S. 1850-1900

Every so often I’ll turn over an image and I’ll see a woman’s name as the photographer. Now I know that there were many female photographers from the daguerreotype era onward, but rarely are they featured in histories of photography or their work on display in an exhibit. My guest today is on a mission to change that her new book women in the dark focuses on female photographers from 1850 to 1900, the volume includes in-depth profiles of some women photographers.

37 min1 w ago
Comments
Women in the Dark: Female Photographers in the U.S. 1850-1900

Clues in Group Portraits and Photo Albums

Group photos can be a problem if you don't know where to start. It's best to start with a date for the picture. Photo albums pose another type of mystery. What story do they tell and why is that person on page one?

10 min2 w ago
Comments
Clues in Group Portraits and Photo Albums

Organize, Preserve, and Share with Collectionaire.com

Your family history data, images, and movies might be on the web in a variety of places from genealogy sites to movie hosting platforms. Now imagine that you can create an online collection that gives you all those links in one place. Then write a family narrative within that site and be able to share as well as collaborate with other family. In one place you’ll have links to Uncle Jim’s pictures of the last family reunion in Google Photos, Aunt Sue’s family history project, Ancestry.com pages, and young Jimmy’s home movies on YouTube and so much more. That’s the concept behind Collectionaire, a two-year-old brilliant solution that lets us gather all our web links to family in one place.

46 min3 w ago
Comments
Organize, Preserve, and Share with Collectionaire.com

Recreate Victorian Decor with Photo Clues

I’m pretty lucky to live walking distance from a National Historic Landmark. The Lippitt House is a property of Preserve Rhode Island and it is Providence Rhode Island’s premiere Victorian house museum. Once inside this 1865 house you’ll understand it’s landmark status. It has one of the best preserved interiors in America, allowing visitors to experience exceptional Victorian design and American craftsmanship. My guest shares how an 1893 photo of the house allowed them to recreate pieces of the Victorian decor. It is definitely not a stuffy old house. Following the Lippitt family’s example of public service, the museum’s cultural programming promotes civic engagement, the arts, and history of Providence.

26 minNOV 1
Comments
Recreate Victorian Decor with Photo Clues

Rediscovering an American Community of Color

Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill, it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them. That second look led to a collaboration with a historian at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, an exhibit and an award winner catalog for the show. Those negatives documented the African American community in that city, a group of individuals studied by Janette Greenwood for a project on migrations. She never thought she’d see the faces of those individuals nor did the descendants of many of the people in the photographers. It was a case of photographic kismet.

30 minOCT 18
Comments
Rediscovering an American Community of Color

The 100th Episode Celebration

It's the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we're celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It's the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo related but watch out I'm a fan of historical fiction so authors talk about writing too. The show is a combination of my two loves--history and photography.

32 minOCT 11
Comments
The 100th Episode Celebration

The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Stuck at home during this pandemic looking for something fun to do? Look no further than the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection and the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

40 minOCT 4
Comments
The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image? Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call. And it was FREE. There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together. It’s pretty amazing. It’s called Storyglory.me

30 minSEP 23
Comments
Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question. It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph and look at connections to your family history.

10 minSEP 16
Comments
So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography. Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer. It’s unfortunately true. When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief. Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledge of historic images.

40 minSEP 9
Comments
Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society
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