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Old 10-29-2007, 07:43 PM
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"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."

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Old 10-30-2007, 08:04 AM
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Re: Photo Detective

Fascinating article, thanks for posting Doug.

I'm always intrigued by the almost obsessive drive people on your side of the pond have with regard to your history and ancestry.

We don't generally seem to have had quite that intensity of desire, though recently genealogy seems to be drawing an increasing amount of interest over here as well.

All the same I'm in awe of people like Maureen who can dedicate themselves so completely to a subject. Her abilities are impressive.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:40 AM
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That was interesting, but then again, who would be able to say that she made a mistake?
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