Want a look at some old catalogues?

Camera Eccentric  is the work of a couple of dedicated photographers and gear-heads, Seth and Laura Broder, who have carefully scanned in so many old catalogues of camera gear that the site has become a go-to place for anyone who wants to find information about their antique lenses, cameras and equipment. There is also a “for sale” section of the site, and the word among folks who know them is that the Broders have good stuff.

They took some time away from the site , but it seems that they are back. PHSNE takes its collective hat off to people like the Broders, who do a great service to the camera collecting community.  As they say on their home page:

What started as a hobby, while still in college, has now become our driving force. This business is fueled by the personal pleasure we receive from using vintage large format cameras and lenses.

Over time we realized our true passion and greatest satisfaction comes from providing interesting gems and educating others. We hope to aid photographers in using these tools for their own artistic expression; creating beautiful photographs for future generations to behold.


The Photo Detective to be our September speaker

headshot3-1Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on photograph identification and genealogy, bringing together her knowledge and skills in history and research into family stories while giving insight into the invention and development of photography itself.

   Sought out by clients all over the world,  her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. She is the author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, and she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.

   Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada. Her focus is helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time.

   For over a decade, Maureen has  searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. She produced a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and the quest for more photographs is ongoing.

   She was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history company. Currently a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine, Maureen also writes personal memoirs and narrative family histories for the Newbury St. Press of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Prior to launching her business in 1998, she held distinguished leadership positions at the Boston History Collaborative, Rhode Island Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston), and Houghton-Mifflin. She earned a Master’s Degree in history from Rhode Island College (Providence) and resides in Rhode Island.

   PHSNE is pleased to have Maureen as speaker at the first program of the new season. She will be presenting My Life with Pictures: The Photo Detective at the Womens’ Club Workshop Building 72 Columbus St, Newton Highlands, MA.  The general meeting begins at 1:30pm and Maureen is scheduled to begin her talk at roughly 2:15pm. All are welcome. Parking is free along the street, and the Newton Highlands T stop is a block away. Please see our website for directions.

This just in from the Red Sox…

urlDaniel Picano called this afternoon to give us a chance to get in on a pretty interesting photo opportunity. I told him that, while we are not the average camera club and seldom schedule shooting sessions, I was pretty sure that some of our members would love to have a chance to shoot inside Fenway and to talk to the official Red Sox photographer about sports photography. It’s too short a notice for us to organize a PHSNE field trip, but anyone is welcome to contact him and get on board–it looks like a fun night!   Here is his email with the details:


I am reaching out in regards to our first ever Photography Night at Fenway Park!  This night is every photographers dream! It includes an intricate tour of Fenway Park (Green Monster, Field Access, and other photo opportunities) a Q&A with Michael Ivins, the Official Photographer of the Boston Red Sox, and a ticket to the game following our Photography Night itinerary!

I wanted to speak with you about this, as we have allocated about 200-300 tickets to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity here at Fenway Park.  I would like to extend an invitation to the Photographic Historical Society of New England in joining us on this special evening.

When: September 24th, 2014 

At $40 per person, you can enjoy the tour, insight from our Q&A, as well as the baseball game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays! 


He can be contacted at the number below, or at dpicano@redsox.com

Daniel Picano | Inside Sales Representative | World Champion Boston Red Sox | 4 Yawkey Way Boston, MA 02215 | D 617.226.6810

MIT Museum: Collecting Photography

Accompanying Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography at the MIT Museum, we have a program that introduces us to the people and the process of collecting photography in the twenty-first century. 


Collecting Photography: A Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 19, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.