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Historical photo detection sounds like an interesting

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 16, 2007

Historical photo detection sounds like an interesting profession.

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.

See also last week’s post on forensic genealogy.