It’s time to look back at the year. Every week I write a Photo Detective blog post—that’s 52 columns in 12 months. It’s a lot of free photographic advice and tips. Here are my month-by-month 2012 favorites.
Hat’s off to spring! Last March I featured toppers for men, graduation caps, and talked about the relationships between hairstyles and hat design. If you want to learn more about hats or hair, my books, Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900 and Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900, will help.
The whole month of April focused on identifying photographs of children. Study the clues to add names to those pictures of tykes.
With the world watching the Olympics, I deciphered the clues in a picture from the 1908 Olympics.
Have you considered the relationship between photography and genealogy? I took a look at the types of records that help solve a picture mystery.
This month was all about preservation. A badly damaged image encouraged me to talk about ways to save family pictures. There is more information on storage and labeling images in Preserving Your Family Photographs.
A picture of a giant mechanical grasshopper appeared in my Photo Detective column in Family Tree Magazine, and some readers stepped forward to tell the story of their ancestors’ fascination with creating these creatures.
Have you ever posed for a multi-generation photo? It’s not a new phenomena. Our ancestors did, too. Mary Lutz sent me several images of her family. It turned into a series on identifying who’s who in a group picture.
I love snapshots! They are spontaneous and often capture bits of everyday life. Follow this series on a picture of a man standing in his backyard.
Thank you for reading this column and for submitting your family photos. If you’d like to participate, there is a link, “How to Submit Your Photo,” in the left-hand margin. I can’t wait to see your pictures!
Happy New Year!
Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor: