Monday, March 26, 2007

Photo Dating and Interpretation program

Our CVGS program today was by Claire Santos-Daigle, a local entrepreneur who has a Photos Made Perfect photograph restoration business. Their motto is "Restoring Family History ... One Photo at a Time."

Claire presented her photo restoration program to CVGS last year, and today gave her "Photograph Dating and Interpretation" talk, using a PowerPoint presentation.

She was dressed in a 1940's movie star dress, with a large red hat, high heels and stockings, and a real fox fur over her shoulder. She made a big impression in the Library and at lunch later on!

Claire's talk covered the different types of photographic methods used since 1840 - including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen paper, union cases, carte de visites, cabinet cards, postcards and silver gelatin. She used a great chart to show the time periods for each photo type. She also showed examples of each type from her large collection of vintage photos.

The second part of her talk was about dating photographs based on the photo type, the photo mounting, backgrounds, background objects, men's and women's fashions, etc. Claire also discussed customs and trends, period movies, and other ways to date your photographs. She finished by showing some examples of photo dating - the last one looked like the late 1800's, but it was Claire dressed in a period costume in 1996 - the decisive clue was her hair style.
She spiced up her talk with stories from her family photos, especially about her father. The audience howled at some of her remarks. It was a fun day for our members and guests.

A summary of the photograph types and photo dating methods that Claire described in her talk is on their web page here.

Claire has spoken at a number of genealogy societies, libraries and conferences or fairs. If your society wants an interesting program, consider Claire Santos-Daigle.

Several CVGS members engaged Claire's services last year for photo restoration, and they were very pleased with the results. If you want quality photo restoration for a reasonable price, consider Photos Made Perfect.

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