On Saturday, I attended the 110th Anniversary Celebration of the California Genealogical Society which included a full day of seminars and one-on-one consultations with Maureen A. Gretchen Mason shows Maureen Taylor her collection of old photographs in a one-on-one consultation as part of the California Genealogical Society’s 110th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, . She mentioned that photos should be stored in the same materials used in archives (acid free, lignin free, non-PVC plastic) but cautioned that there are no standards for labeling materials “archival”. There’s a lot going on in photographs, more than first meets the eye. Preserving Family Photographs After lunch (and a fine lunch it was), Maureen discussed causes of damage to photographs: unstable temperature and humidity, light (including UV light), pollution, handling, pests, mold, water, chemicals, and poor storage materials.Although photography has enjoyed a long history, photographs have been available to the average individual for a relatively short period of time.
Identifying and Dating Family Photos In Maureen’s second seminar, she discussed some of the types of old photographs: Maureen also discussed photo identification techniques including photographers’ imprints, tax stamps, and the clothing worn by those in the photograph.
She recommended Hollinger Corporation and Light Impressions as sources for suitable storage materials.
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Maureen left the audience with several cautions about old photographs.
Daguerreotypes are very fragile; do not attempt to take them apart to clean them.
Editor’s Note: The following is a lightly edited and updated post originally authored by the late Carolyn L. All of the family photos are from her personal collection, and should be accredited to her unless otherwise noted.
Technology in today’s world provides us with multiple ways to capture a moment in our family’s story – from grabbing our i Phone or i Pad to capturing the moment of video or a digital SLR camera.
Jane has a substantial personal collection of late 19th and early 20th century family photographs, some of which were taken by ancestors who were professional photographers both in Russia and the United States.
She studied costume design in college and worked as a costumer/assistant designer for the Portland Opera Company.
Although she specializes in researching those with Eastern European Jewish ancestry, her clients have diverse backgrounds, including those with roots in colonial America.