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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.

The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 39 Ratings

**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.

    The Shot Heard Round the World at The Concord Museum

    The Shot Heard Round the World at The Concord Museum

    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 pieces to document that day. A few years ago, the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts assembled a temporary exhibit called The Shot Heard Round the World. It was an amazing display of ordinary and extraordinary bits of history. Now they’ve created a permanent exhibit of the same name. It’s one of my favorite museums but don’t worry if you can’t travel to see it. Their website is worth exploring. Concord Museum was the first cultural institution to be officially recognized by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission for this “Shot Heard Round the World” microsite We’ve plenty of time before the 250th celebration in 2026.

    • 26 min
    America's Pandemic Pastime: Making Photo Reunions Happen

    America's Pandemic Pastime: Making Photo Reunions Happen

    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, there are images being shared online that are within a short time being reunited. It’s clearly the world’s new Pandemic pastime.

    • 8 min
    Reproducing History and Protecting the Past: One Cased Image at a Time

    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.

    • 30 min
    Ask Maureen: March 2021 Edition

    Ask Maureen: March 2021 Edition

    In this monthly podcast, Maureen shares questions received via email and through social media. Submit your questions to Maureen photodetective@maureentaylor.com

    • 19 min
    Good Pictures: Amateur Photography and Our Family with Art Historian Kim Beil

    Good Pictures: Amateur Photography and Our Family with Art Historian Kim Beil

    How did you and your ancestors learn how to take “Good Pictures?” It’s likely they read Kodak’s guide for amateur photographers, How to Make Good Pictures published from 1912 to 1995. New cameras and new technology influenced how we took photographs and what they photographed. My guest studied those popular guides to photography to compile a new type of history…one that focuses on average folks and their cameras. Arranged topically within time frames you’ll learn that photographing your tv was a thing and that folks needed advice about the same things we might struggle with today from capturing good stills of wildlife to taking pictures at night. It’s a new way of looking at the pictures we took. No history of photography would be complete unless it covers the beginnings of it all beginning with the daguerreotype. This volume now sits on my personal reference shelf to be browsed and studied.

    • 26 min
    Dressing for the Camera: Rules Our Foremothers Followed (and Sometimes Broke)

    Dressing for the Camera: Rules Our Foremothers Followed (and Sometimes Broke)

    In amateur snapshots and selfies we don’t take care with our fashion. We pose in what we decided to wear that day. Now think about when you go to a photo studio. That’s entirely different. We dress up and our ancestors did too. They wore their best dress and perhaps a new hat to look their finest, the epitome of the fashion they could afford. Women’s magazines told them how to capture a good image and rules often came down to color, fashion, and the skill of the photographer.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Calebism ,

If you like old photos

You will love this sweet niche podcast!

JudithRS ,

Steaming into the Future

I thoroughly enjoyed Podcast 108 and your interview with Astrid. I had no idea such a collection existed. I can’t wait to go to the museum’s webpage and see what gems are there. Thank you both.

Abby's Linder ,

Eye opener

I’m so grateful for you podcasts! I heard you on Research Like A Pro, I thought I want to know more about family photos. What an eye opener for me I never knew there was so much to look for in a photo! Before my parents passed away this last year & a half I told them both my sister can have everything I just want all the pictures! WOW I felt like they handed me a gazillion dollars! Love your podcast I’m a sponge! A gazillion stars!!!

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