I’m not sure if many people know this, but I have another blog that is specifically geared toward find the rightful homes for lost and found photographs. The link is at the top of this page, however you can also access it here: The Georgia Anna Project.
I started the photo project after noticing how many people sold photos specifically marketed toward scrapbookers and crafters, rather than attempt to find the families that would treasure the photographs. I have suggested this, and received harsh words from sellers.
Anyway, one issue with some of the much older photographs is attempting to date them. Every now and then I come across one that is labeled with a full name, location, and date the photograph was made, however it is not often enough. Sometimes just knowing what type of photograph it is, along with possible clues from a photographer, are somewhat helpful.
Today is the first day of a five week class presented by the University of Edinburgh, as an introduction to a new exhibit from National Museum of Scotland by the same name: Photography, a Victorian Sensation. You can click the photograph to go to the class
The course itself is hosted on Coursera, and best of all? It’s FREE!
The short description found on Coursera:
Explore the Victorian craze for photography, examine its history, from the earliest images in 1839 and how it has influenced the way we capture and share images today as photography moved from being a niche concern of the few, to one of the most important cultural forms of the modern world.
If you are interested in the course, feel free to sign up and start learning!