I have read almost half of the book and am finding it extremely interesting. I wish I had some of the old daguerreotypes and tin types of my family members, however at this point all I can do is keep wishing one may fall in my lap unexpectedly.
Learning to date and place family photos is a science. What type of paper was used for the photo, how it may be encased, clothing, hairstyles, and possible photographers imprints are all clues to help you uncover the information you are looking for. There are many clues in this book to assist you with your photograph.
The history of photography is related in this book, including when color photography came into play. The photos alone in the book are amazing.
I was fortunate enough to hear Maureen Taylor speak last year. She drew me into photography like never before. I have always enjoyed taking photos. I have never taken real photography classes, so I am just the average joe, who snaps a shot here and there. I LOVE looking at photos and always have. My interest has been majorly amplified however in "reading" old photos.
My photo collection doesn't included many extremely old photos. As I go through my scanning process of these photos, I notice I take longer with the process as I find myself analyzing every photo. I feel like running down to an antique store or flea market or somewhere, just to buy some old photos! Buy them to share, find rightful homes for, and analyze.
I highly recommend this book and if the opportunity arises for you, attend a Maureen Taylor presentation. Trust me, you will not regret it. I was most impressed with her gloves, presentation, and knowledge of photographs!
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Wishing you success in all of your genealogy treasure hunts!