Tag Archives: Fashion

Register for Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Your Family Photos: Identifying African American Family Photos

Date & Time:
March 9, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Virtual
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Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Your Family Photos: Identifying African American Family Photos
Join us for a workshop presented by Maureen Taylor, an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification and family history research, as we delve into the history of African American family portraits.  Photo clues can be obvious or subtle from who’s in the picture to what’s being worn and who took the picture. We’ll explore the 5 basic questions to ask about your photos and how to figure out the story in the image.  This interactive lecture will help you discover identity and connections to your family that you never knew you had.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.  Sought out by clients all over the world, her pioneering work in historic research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries.  The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, Taylor appeared on the View and the Today Show to discuss her photo identification methods.  She has been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by the Wall Street Journal. 

Register for Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing

Date & Time:
May 20, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
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Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles:  Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing
Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.  Join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to discover genealogical clues by looking closely at the clothing and accessories your ancestors wore.  Come with your questions and learn the basics of photo detecting through the lens of fashion. 

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.  Sought out by clients all over the world, her pioneering work in historic research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries.  The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, Taylor appeared on the View and the Today Show to discuss her photo identification methods.  She has been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by the Wall Street Journal. 

New Workshops on Photo Detecting Added to Lunchtime Lectures

Join us for two workshops presented by Maureen Taylor, an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. 

Who’s Little Joe:  Photo Detecting 101 
Do you have unidentified people in your family photo albums?  Do you have a shoebox full of photographs of people you don’t know?  Join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to discover who’s who in your family pictures.  Learn 10 easy steps for naming the unidentified in your photo albums.  This interactive lecture will help you discover new identity and connections in your family history.

Date & Time:
April 1, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE

Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing
Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.  Join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to discover genealogical clues by looking closely at the clothing and accessories your ancestors wore.  Come with your questions and learn the basics of photo detecting through the lens of fashion. 

Date & Time:
April 15, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE

Best Food Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts

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Illustration from The Union boot and shoe worker, 1900-1902. Courtesy of University of Wisconsin via HathiTrust.

Check out this great new online exhibit featuring the Massachusetts show industry, courtesy of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA has created several online exhibitions with material from collections all over the U.S.  There are some great topics, like Activism in the US, a History of US Public Libraries, and Patent Medicine Advertisements.

Fashion on the Titanic

Gloves from the Titanic, salvaged and restored.

One hundred years ago, the United States and Europe was still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic.  Over the past month, there has been a flurry of interest in the unsinkable ship’s sinking. Here are a few highlights for those interested in more:

1.  The April 12, 2012 New York Times did a nice photo piece on the fashion of the Titanic.
2.  The April 12, 2012 Cambridge Chronicle did a piece on rare book collector Harry Elkins Widener – of Widener Library fame – who died on the Titanic.
3.  Ancestry.com has compiled a free, new database exclusively around the Titanic.
4.  Daniel Mendelsohn’s Unsinkable in the April 16, 2012 New Yorker is about why 100 years later, we’re still obsessed with the Titanic’s sinking.