This weekend I attended the annual Daguerreian Society 24th annual symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. I love those early images. The shiny reflective surface makes the viewer a part of the image because you can see your reflection. There were approximately 56 vendor tables full of mostly unidentified images. These pictures meant something to their original families, but now they are appreciated for their picture quality. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, one of the most sought-after type of picture were military images.
In honor of Veterans Day, here’s a look back at some of the men (and women) in uniform featured in this blog.
Spanish American War
Deb Wilson’s great aunt Mary L. Keeler served as a nurse during the Spanish American War. Her photo appeared as a Women’s History Month tribute.
There are thousands of photographs of soldiers who posed in uniform during the War Between the States.
Here are some pointers for deciphering the Civil War photos in your collection. Look for uniform clues, research the photographers and study your family history documents.
There were two blog posts of Civil War-era photos submitted by readers. Part 2 looks at clues in a piece of photographic jewelry and in a veteran’s badges.
One of my favorite photo mysteries belongs to Justin Piccirilli. It depicts a member of his family in an Italian uniform.
If you want to find more military-themed blog columns, use the keyword list to the left. Click “military” to scroll through all the appropriate columns.
Next week I’ll tackle two multigenerational family photos.
Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor: