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Garden & Gun magazine:
A Life in Pictures Collector
David Vaughan keeps the memory of Civil
War soldiers alive—and on display.
American Museum of Photography
Craig's Daguerreian Registry The acknowledged resource for American Photographers, 1839-1860.
The Daguerreian Society
Albumen Photographs: History, Science and Preservation
Cameras and Genealogy
Resources on this site explain how
to choose a digital camera, use a camera to digitize old photos and store your
electronic images. An article on planning and executing a digital genealogy
project discusses file formats, image formats, image-editing software and HTML
Excellent resource from Andrew J. Morris! Explore photography's history or learn about the different types of photos. Of particular interest is the Dating section, which gives detailed information about dating 19th-century card-mounted photographs. Be sure to browse through the wonderful gallery.
Unwritten: Saving Your Photo Stories for the Future
Card and Paper Photographs, 1854-1900
What's a carte-de-viste? A cabinet card? A
stereo photograph? Learn more about the various types of historic photographs
that you may have in your collection, or that you may find at flea markets,
antiques shops, or at online auctions.
Wonderful Article! Searching
Photos and Genealogy
A Gift of Photos
Can you think of anything more welcome than a copy of a
treasured old family photo?
Identifying Family Photographs
Copying Priceless Photos Yourself
Historic Photography: Identification and Preservation
Are you scratching your
head over the difference between daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and
tintypes? Read this helpful article from Ancestry.com and learn to
identify these historic photography methods, and get tips on the
proper care of these wonderful artifacts.
miss this series!
Part of Family Tree magazine's website, this is an ongoing
series of articles focused on one of my favorite topics, old family
Costume Gallery & The Costume Classroom
you have some old photos that you're trying to date? Look at the
clothes! These Costume Gallery & The Costume Classroom are a
wonderful resource about period clothing. You'd be surprised at how the
details of a dress, for example, can pin the date of a photo down to a
five-year period! Browse through the beautiful, interesting pages here
and learn more about the clothing in those old pictures!
Social Construction of the American Daguerreotype Portrait 1839-1860
Interesting reading, especially if you happen to have
any old daguerreotypes in your family collection.
Beautiful examples of daguerreotypes here!
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Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype
Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album
"Today, the photo album is something we practically take for granted, and "scrapbooking" is a billion dollar industry with its own television network. It was not always so. Before the camera, ordinary families had little more than the family Bible, a portrait of grandpa, and a drawer full of documents. Then Eastman Kodak introduced the Brownie, giving Americans the means to document and record their daily lives. Hundreds of thousands of these cameras were produced, and as a result small collections of photographs were assembled and preserved in an astonishing assortment of albums, with photographs as the raw material for collages, constructions, and text experiments.
"Snapshot Chronicles is a visual exploration of the creative outpouring made possible by the camera. Friends, family, travel, domestic life, special occasions, the workplace, farm and city life--"these were all intermingled in early albums in surprising and dynamic forms. Men, women, and even children became the creators of their own visual biographies, and documenters of previously unprecedented aspects of American life.
"Four essayists weave together the history of the photo album, making them not just a part of our past but a significant aspect of Americana. "Snapshot Chronicles is designed by noted graphic designer Martin Venezky ("It Is Beautiful...Then Gone). "
Natchez: Victorian Children (Images of America)
Victorian Britain Through the Magic Lantern
Collector's Guide to Early Photographs
"This updated one-of-a-kind reference guide provides invaluable information on identifying, cataloging, and valuing cased images to help readers succeed in the hot hobby of collecting and preserving 19th-century photographs. This new edition gives updated prices for hundreds of photographs, and includes the latest improvements and trends in restoration, conservation, and pricing. "
Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929
Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs
Learn how to find
those key clues in your ancestors' photographs with Unlocking the Secrets
in Old Photographs! You've looked at photos before, but have you ever
actually "seen" the photos? Author Karen Frisch-Ripley will guide
you through the detailed process of analyzing historical photographs as she
teaches you to "see!" Ripley's clear and expressive writing will
teach you such skills as:
- The care and restoration of photographs
-Recognizing photo types
-Finding public sources of information
-Dating photographs and much more!
You'll quickly see how easy it is to identify the family in your photos! Get Unlocking
the Secrets in Old Photographs and discover those hidden genealogical gems
in your family photographs!
Hawarden: Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life 1857-1864
for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion 1840-1900
have this book, and I love it! The author has done exhaustive
research in 19th century clothing and hair styles. She gives many fine
examples of using these clues to date old photographs to within a very
few years of their creation.
We can be
thankful that most American women, now matter how far they might be out
on the frontier, wanted to keep up with the fashions of their day. This
gives us an opportunity to examine details of clothing and accessory
details to determine when a photo had been originally made.
consider Dressed for the Photographer to be one of the most useful books on my shelves.
Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs
"Everyone keeps old family
photographs, whether in frames, albums or shoe boxes. These photos house a
treasury of genealogical information, revealing unique details about our
ancestors' lives, personalities and everyday realities. Following this guide's
step-by-step instruction, anyone can learn how to identify different types of
family photographs to determine their date, location, and in some instances,
their photographer. Case studies of actual photographs illustrate how other
details, such as poses, props, dress and setting can lead to several new
genealogical discoveries. Even if a reader's collection of images is limited,
this guide provides methods for locating additional photos through libraries,
relatives and archives. Once these photos are collected and analyzed, readers
will also learn how to preserve their family collection for generations to
Photographing Your Heritage
Another book from my own bookshelves, this one is a very
useful how-to book for folks who want to photograph tombstones,
heirlooms, buildings, documents or even copy old photos with their
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New! Foto Search Image Library and Archives
Foto Search Image Library offers over 700 thousand images in its extensive online archive, including photography, clipart, illustrations, footage, and maps. It offers the opportunity to view world-class photography and art free of charge. It is the digital, online equivalent of a conventional art museum.
Louisiana Digital Library
Digital Collections on the Internet
Top-notch! Great collections include early Louisiana photo collections.
Great group of links to a wide variety of online photo collections.
Francis Frith Collection Online
Fabulous online collection of a
pioneering Victorian photographer. This is absolutely a must-visit site if
you're a photo buff! Even better: not only can you enjoy these photos in their
online gallery, you can order prints for your very own!
Touring Turn of the
Photographs from the
Detroit Publishing Company, 1880 - 1920. Another wonderful collection from The
Library of Congress.
Archives at the University of Louisville
wonderful, wonderful! See their online exhibition of early Appalachian
photographs, among many others.
From the Library of
Congress, a wonderful collection of "Words, sounds and
pictures." Search over 90 collections, including History
of the American West, Portraits
of Creative Americans, Selected
Civil War Photos, and many more.
From the Salem, Oregon Public Library.
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Preservation Supplies and More Photo Albums
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Imaging: Scanners, Digital Cameras, Software
Craig's Cameras is the world-recognized specialist in INSTRUCTION MANUALS for photographic equipment--you know, those elusive booklets that came with the equipment when it was new, and showed you how to use it. We stock more than 11,000 different booklets. As well, you will find more than 10,000 different pieces of collectible PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE on our site (including repair books). Our page of more than 150 REPRINTED REPAIR MANUALS is additional material not included in our other pages of literature.
Adobe Photoshop Album
Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7.0 Anniversary