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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Perfect Press (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578048000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578048000
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She studies photographic clues to tell the stories present in her clients' family pictures and albums. Maureen has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, and The Today Show. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E Frank on February 28, 2015
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Let me start by saying that this is the first book on this subject I have looked at, so it's possible that this is the best of what is out there. However, I felt it was only ok. It provides some helpful information on how to distinguish different photos by what type of process was used to create it. but for the most part that doesn't really make much difference in how they are preserved. According to Taylor, all photos are best preserved by putting them in acid-free, archival quality envelopes inside acid-free, archival quality boxes. Apparently it can be difficult to tell which products are truly of archival quality, so the solution Taylor provides is to tell you to call the manufacturer. No list of quality products are given. Photos should also be scanned and preserved digitally and she does generally discuss the options here, although there is no discussion (I don't believe) of cloud storage on lost-cost options like Google Drive. There is some discussion of the things a professional photo conservator can do and a very general discussion of some of the things an individual can do at home to restore photographic images that have been scanned, but they are very general and I feel I would have to do a lot more research to actually do it myself. But all of the information about really would fit into a pamphlet; the rest is a lots and lots of repetition and some not particularly helpful "case studies". I felt this was padded to make it into book length so the price of a book could be charged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mollie King on December 30, 2013
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I appreciate this book because I've ended up with such a variety of family photos, ranging from the snapshots we've been taking like crazy over the past 20 years back to some tintypes and daguerreotypes I've been wondering how to preserve. The information in this book is very helpful and provides resources about storage and conservation as well as preservation. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was some weak editing - most annoying, two images (a diagram and photo) were referenced but not included.
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I had read an old version of this from the library and was delighted that a new edition was available. This is an excellent book for anyone who wishes to preserve their family history through photos. It is very readable but it covers just about everything you would want to know from how to handle all kinds of old and new photos to issues related to storage of digital images plus it has appendices with many resources listed. I was happy to see that the digital discussions had been updated to reflect recent technology but I was disappointed that some sections (notably the chapter titled "Ways of Organizing") had been omitted, I suppose to make the book shorter and to enable them to use larger type which is, I admit, much easier to read than the smaller print of the old edition. I gave it four stars mainly for the omissions but would definitely recommend it to all family historians or even to anyone who has boxes of photos in a closet and who would like to know how to store them in a better way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Crays on June 30, 2013
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This book is helpful to me. I have thousands of old photos and want to prevent further damage. In addition, she talks about the glues used to attach photos in albums before there were photo corners. At the end she lists places where products can be purchased.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DTO on February 24, 2012
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A good book for those who starting to worry about a significant family photo collection. The book is maybe too severe at some points, I think there is more middle ground between doing nothing and hiring professional help.
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Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, and The Today Show. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. In 2007, The Wall Street Journal called her "the nation's foremost historical photo detective."

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