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Matt Smith discusses the return of Doctor Who. Now in its 50th year, Doctor Who will return to BBC One with eight epic adventures - from a modern day urban thriller, to a ghost story, to an underwater siege. The new series will have plenty of surprise guest stars and will also introduce new monsters, as well as bringing back fan favourites, the Ice Warriors and Cybermen. Moderated by Boyd Hilton at the Apple Store, Regent Street in London.
 
**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 feat ...
 
A monthly podcast with 2 blacksmiths, Jesse and Rick, talking shop and hanging out with guests, all the great things about a pub with a blacksmith frame of mind. A pub is the social center of a community, a place to meet friends, share a drink, swap stories and have a laugh. It’s a place to relax and recharge, so come on in, grab a drink and join the conversation in the Blacksmith’s Pub.
 
The Battles of the First World War Podcast goes in-depth into the battles of the Great War of 1914-1918. The goal is to really go into the details of how and why these battles unfolded and happened as they did. In telling the narrative of these clashes we can revisit some of the stories of the men and women who lived, fought, and died during the first titanic struggle of the 20th Century, for these people have stories that deserve to be told.
 
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Come join the conversation on the new Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology (CEMA) being developed by Mr. Andy Robertshaw and Mr. Ross Barnwell. This is a new project that promises to bring history not only alive, but interconnected with today’s global world. Mr. Robertshaw is a former teacher turned historian and historical consultant for s…
 
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 ne…
 
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…
 
In this monthly podcast, Maureen shares questions received via email and through social media. Can you tell us about changing exposure times for photographic portraits and why people didn’t smile for pictures? Do you have a good resource for looking up photographer names by location and years they were active? Is there a good resource for dating ch…
 
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 ty…
 
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…
 
If you thought that you knew Eliza Hamilton because you watched the Broadway musical, well…you need to read Susan Holloway Scott’s book, I Eliza. What makes good theater isn’t necessarily accurate. There is a whole lot more to the Alexander/ Eliza story. Susan is a master storyteller weaving fact with fiction to weave a tale that’s compelling. In t…
 
Summary: In this episode we check back in with the one, the only @SmithinStu! We cover a lot of ground here and talk about ABANA, forging, power hammers, bees, and hot dog dies. Lots of names and info were dropped. Have a pencil handy. This one is not to missed. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
 
In this episode, I answer your photo questions submitted through my social media accounts and via email. I have dozens of large photo albums that were put together by my grandfather and father from the 1980s to the present. Do I take all the photos out of the pages (4/page) or scan the whole page? I am trying to identify people in a large group pho…
 
I think that 19th-century tintype photographers would be amazed to see that their medium is still thriving in the age of digital photography. Their spirit exists in my guest for this bonus episode. Rob Gibson travels around the country with a motorcycle and a portable studio, similar to his itinerant predecessors who used wagons. He calls his set u…
 
Collecting images is something that I’m familiar with. There are thousands of images in my research collection. It’s hard to stop purchasing interesting pictures because each one is a little different. My own collection features a variety of image formats including tintypes of men fishing off a prop boat with lines and fake fish. Women standing in …
 
When I saw coverage in The New York Times of a cache of slides and the attempts to identify the who, what, where, and when of them, I had to talk with the man who made this serendipitous discovery. Not all slides belong to be discarded some as my guest called it are “gold dust.” They document past local history and are cherished for that reason. Pa…
 
Those inexpensive metal images of our ancestors appear in antique shops and online auctions in cases, paper sleeves, and without any protective covering. Durable enough to be mailed during the Civil War they were common throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century and persisted into the twentieth. Anyone could afford to pose for one. They c…
 
If you thought tintypes were only from the olden days, you may be surprised to learn that the tintypes are still being produced today. Those dark tin images in your family collection don’t begin to show off the beauty of a tintype. Modern tintypes are amazing. The subtle colors let us imagine what those varnished ones of our ancestors must have loo…
 
In this new series, you ask the questions and Maureen answers. You can email her questions at photodetective@maureentaylor.com In this edition she talks about an interesting Spanish-American War image, a type of skirt worn by women in the 1920s, and how to resize images. It’s a potpourri of photo related inquires. Related Episodes: Episode 80: Phot…
 
Why let kids have all the fun at camp? For folks that love history see if there is a History Camp in your area and join in by presenting or participating. As they advertise: At History Camp, everyone is welcome. Anyone can attend. And anyone can present. Topics may range from local history to ancient times While Covid has shut down in-person events…
 
A short review of Richard Merry’s new book, “The Great War in the Argonne Forest: French and American Battles, 1914–1918.” Book link here: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Great-War-in-the-Argonne-Forest-Hardback/p/18595 Order it from your local bookstore so that you support your local businesses. The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com…
 
I’ve mentioned before how the history of photography needs dedicated individuals to compile and collect bits of the story. There are so many details not covered in traditional history of photography publications. My guest this week uses digital collections and images in his own collection to study and date cased images like daguerrotypes and ambrot…
 
It’s the beginning of the year. A good time to review the ways we approach our photos. Best practices vary based on what you are trying to accomplish. There is no setlist of what should be done in which order. For instance, Identifying photo best practices are not the same as the tasks relating to planning a virtual reunion. The same is true for ph…
 
Family history doesn’t always come in a size and shape made for scanning. Pictures can be oversize. Albums don’t lie flat. Artifacts come with the mix. What’s a family historian to do? Invest in a Shotbox, a portable studio that’s simple to use. Debuted at Rootstech a few years ago and now is available at Michael’s, the craft megastore. My guest is…
 
The raw and untested AEF 36th Division relieves the bled-out AEF 2nd Division on Blanc Mont ridge. These Texas-Oklahoma Doughboys will continue to push past the bloody ridge to keep the pressure on the slowly-retreating German Army. The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. Any questions, comments or concern…
 
Ships passenger lists contain the name of the vessel that transported our ancestors from their homelands to the United States or travelers crossing the ocean. But do you know how to research those vessels to find information and images? This week’s guest can help. She’s with the Steamship Historical Society of America. Their mission is to record, p…
 
Every Fall I start mumbling about the “highway to the holidays,” that hectic time of year that consumes any leftover moments of the day with preparations. The rituals, cooking, and cleaning are part of the holiday season regardless of what event you celebrate and how many people are in attendance. This year is a different kind of year for all of us…
 
A number of years ago I attended a conference in Kansas City Missouri. With a free afternoon, I decided to visit the National World War I museum. The National World WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting, and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Mus…
 
Having seized part of Blanc Mont and ground beyond, the Marines and Doughboys of the 2nd Division AEF sought to continue to push back the ruptured German lines. They faced days of unimaginable bloodletting as the Germans fought doggedly for every meter of ground. Be sure to check out “Fix Bayonets! First World War Podcast,” where I have teamed up w…
 
Every so often I’ll turn over an image and I’ll see a woman’s name as the photographer. Now I know that there were many female photographers from the daguerreotype era onward, but rarely are they featured in histories of photography or their work on display in an exhibit. My guest today is on a mission to change that her new book women in the dark …
 
I’ve been delving into my family history a little more than usual and perhaps you are too. I’m also taking another look at my pictures. Examining them more closely and trying to tell the story of them. Even I have a photo mystery, one that’s bothered me for years. I’ve managed to tease out a few new identifications but the problem persists. It coul…
 
Your family history data, images, and movies might be on the web in a variety of places from genealogy sites to movie hosting platforms. Now imagine that you can create an online collection that gives you all those links in one place. Then write a family narrative within that site and be able to share as well as collaborate with other family. In on…
 
I’m pretty lucky to live walking distance from a National Historic Landmark. The Lippitt House is a property of Preserve Rhode Island and it is Providence Rhode Island’s premiere Victorian house museum. Once inside this 1865 house you’ll understand it’s landmark status. It has one of the best preserved interiors in America, allowing visitors to exp…
 
On October 3rd, 1918, the Doughboys and Marines of the 2nd Division, AEF, hurled themselves against a hitherto impregnable German fortress: Blanc Mont ridge, the key to German defenses in Champagne. Podcast promo! If you’re interested in a daily podcast that gives you a short episode on anything from the history of the US penny to the Tunguska Even…
 
Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill, it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them. That second look led to a collaboration with…
 
It’s the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we’re celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It’s the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo related but watch out I’m…
 
Stuck at home during this pandemic looking for something fun to do? Look no further than the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The Photographic History Collection (PHC) represents the history of the medium of photography from the daguerreotype era to the present. In numbers that …
 
In September 1918, the French 4th Army requested American assistance with clearing the Champagne battlefield of German forces. The American Expeditionary Force would provide two divisions, the veteran 2nd and the green 36th Divisions. For years, the German Army had held Blanc Mont ridge, a lynchpin to holding the Champagne sector of the Western Fro…
 
Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image? Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call. And it was FREE. There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together. It’s pretty amazing. It’s called Storyglory.me On a visit home to Minn…
 
Perhaps you have a mystery photo and you’re wondering what a photo consult is like. During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question. It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph and look at connections to your fa…
 
There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography. Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer. It’s unfortunately true. When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief. Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledg…
 
Imagine being able to save your digital family archive without spending a lot of money. And being able to share it too. That’s the premise behind Permanent.org. I’m not sure how I missed my guest at two RootsTech conferences but I did. Thank you to Nancy Desmond of MemoryWeb for reminding of of their service. I have to admit I still didn’t believe …
 
In this episode we have a great and in-depth talk with Steven Girard, a veteran, an archivist/historian of the 4th (Marine) Brigade 2nd Division AEF, and a WW1 battlefield tour guide. Steve gives us his own background and how he came to study the 4th Brigade Marines and the US Army’s 2nd Division, and then he gives us a comprehensive look into the …
 
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