Today's Wall Street Journal has a long article about the work of Maureen Taylor, a person mentioned a number of times in this newsletter. Quoting from the article, "With millions of Americans obsessively tracing their roots, Ms. Taylor has emerged as the nation's foremost historical photo detective."
The article goes on at length describing the techniques that Maureen uses, including these examples: "Maureen Taylor has dated a photograph to 1913 by studying the size and shape of a Lion touring car's headlamps. Armed with her collection of 19th-century fashion magazines, she can pinpoint the brief period when Victorian women wore their bangs in tight curls rather than swept back. Using a technique borrowed from the CIA, she identified a photo of Jesse James by examining the shape of his right ear."