Readers Respond: Mistaken Identity

Readers Respond: Mistaken Identity

Thank you for all your responses to last week’s column on Mistaken Identity. There are a lot of sharp eyed family photo detectives out there. I asked you to compare these two men and give me your opinion. You did! You were right.  They are NOT the same man.  Here’s...Read more
Old-Photo Problem Solving: A Man Named "Christmas"

Old-Photo Problem Solving: A Man Named "Christmas"

Genealogists groan when they find a Smith, Brown or Taylor (don’t I know it!) on their family trees. Common-name woes abound, but what about a name that triggers too many search results for a different reason: It’s also a holiday. Take the surname Christmas, for instance. In searching for holiday-themed...Read more
Blue-Eyed Couple in a Tintype

Blue-Eyed Couple in a Tintype

In part three of Darlene Sampley’s mystery photos it’s time to take a look at another tintype. The first post explored the identity of a blue eyed blonde girl in a painted tintype. Last week I looked at a pair of crayon portraits. Preservation Note The flaking around the edges...Read more