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Ellis Album, Photo 24 – Mary Margaret Ellis

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Mary Margaret Ellis

This is my grandmother.  Isn’t she lovely?

I miss her.  ❤️

 

 

This photo comes from the thirteenth page of the album.  Here are pages twelve and thirteen to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  I skipped album pages eight, nine, ten, and eleven as every photo contained living people.  They were all descendants of Dale & Jean Ellis.  If you happen to be a descendant of Dale & Jean, feel free to email me (address on sidebar) and I will gladly share.  The coolest photo I skipped is a 5 generation photo.

 


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Photograph Showcase: Cool Grandpa Frank

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Francis Henry Duval, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940

Oh.  My.

This is one of my absolute favorite photos of my great-grandfather.  It was captured by a street photographer in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1940.

I love it so much!

In fact, it is the very first photo I uploaded on Grandpa Duval’s profile in my Ancestry tree, many years ago.

But once again… I found a negative of this photo and scanned it.  I feel like I just struck gold!

(gold reference as a hat tip to great-grandpa and his parents who mined gold…)

Here is the version I used to have:

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And here they are side by side:

I feel like I’m bragging or something, but seriously, I’m just soooooooo delighted by every single negative I scan.  Amazing!!

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you find yourself an awesome negative very, very soon!  xoxo

 

 

ps – I was so delighted when the anesthesiologist offered to knock me out for my cataract surgery and I totally took him up on it!  My eye is healing up nicely and the best news of all – the spot they removed and biopsied (that I hadn’t mentioned before…) turned out to be completely harmless despite its aggressive persistence over the past 7 years.  Phew!  Once I finish healing up, it will be time to decide if/when to do the other eye.  I am currently a one-contact woman.  It’s a little bit weird, but awesome, to be able to see out of one eye without any type of exterior assistance.  And bonus, while I’m still healing, I have a touch of a shimmer in the upper right corner of my vision.  It feels like I have an angel following me everyone I go.  Haha!

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 16 – Dale & Jean Ellis

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Dale Huband Ellis & Edna Jean Stokes

Uncle Dale was born in 1922.  He lived to be 91, passing away in 2014.  Aunt Jean was born in 1927.  She lived to be 78, passing away in 2006.  Unfortunately, this photo is not labeled with a date.  I’m guessing the 1980s.  What do you think?

 

 

This photo comes from the seventh page of the album.  Here are pages six and seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  Living descendants of Dale & Jean, please feel free to contact me to obtain scans of the photos that contain living family members.  My email address is on the sidebar.  🙂

 


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Photograph Showcase: Grandpa with his Biplane

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Francis Henry Duval

I LOVE this photo of my great-grandfather!  One of the reasons I love it – aside from the off-the-charts cool factor – is that my brother looks just like Grandpa Duval in this photo.  I think he should recreate it as a fun gift for my mom.  😉

I’ve shared this photo before, but this new version comes from a negative and once again, this is a definite upgrade from the previous version:

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Francis Henry Duval by his airplane.

Don’t get me wrong, I was perfectly happy with the first version, but the new image has more detail and is larger, showing us more of the plane.  Swoon.

My mom has an entire box of negatives… file box sized.  I wonder how many more treasures are inside?

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a photo discovery today!  xoxo

 

 

 


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Sharpening the Saw

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My Sweetest Distraction ❤️

More than eight years ago now we moved into our home.  At the time, we had two children and my marvelous middle boy – who was my youngest then – was in 2nd grade.  I unpacked and took my time getting everything just so.  I had one room left to unpack – my office.  But life threw me a curveball and I didn’t get that office unpacked and organized as planned.  And then life threw me another curveball and after years of hoping, my darling youngest finally joined our family.  So my office was still not unpacked and organized.  My husband unpacked most of the boxes and just put stuff wherever, which he thought was helpful.  😉

Fast forward through lots of normal busy life moments to today.  I am happy to report that my office is finally unpacked, dejunked, and organized.  And it’s a completely different space today than it would have been eight years ago.  You see, eight years ago I hadn’t yet inherited all of the boxes from both of my Grandmas.  So now all of those treasures are in one place and more easily digitized, archived, preserved, and protected for generations to come.

My husband occasionally suggests that it might be time to stop working on something and “sharpen the saw” so that all tasks happen more quickly.  That is exactly what I have done for myself.

Here is a little of the completely-unusable-“before”-chaos:

 

And here is the beautiful after (for now):

 

There are still plenty of things to do, but it is now a wonderfully workable space, also known as Genealogy Heaven!  And yes, that is closet completely full of completely full boxes of photos, scrapbooks, journals, albums, histories, documents, and other memorabilia.  Like I said, HEAVEN!  ❤️

 

Happy Tuesday, if you need me, I’ll just be in that room ☝🏻 working away!  xoxo

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photos 12 & 13 – Uncle Dale & Aunt Jean

These two wonderful people are my GrandUncle Dale & GrandAunt Jean.  Dale is the son of my 2nd great-grandparents, Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Dale was a math teacher.  These pictures strike me as yearbook photos.  Do they have that feel for you?  I love the bow tie!

 

 

These photos come from the sixth page of the album.  Here are pages six and seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  Living descendants of Dale & Jean, please feel free to contact me to obtain scans of the photos that contain living family members.  My email address is on the sidebar.  🙂

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Another Image Upgrade from a Negative ❤️

 

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Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde, 1903, Oakland, California

Isn’t this photo of my 2nd great-grandparents beautiful?

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It was in a small bundle of negatives my Mom left with me a few years ago.  I recently scanned it and was so delighted by the clarity of the image.  It’s not the original negative.  I believe it is a negative created by my great-grandfather, the son of this couple, by taking a photo of the original photo.  When I first worked with this image I was so happy to see a better version of a photo I already had.  But when I tried to find the “other” version I realized it was actually a different shot from the same photo shoot.  This is the photo I had before:

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Francis Cyprien & Alice Hyde DUVAL

Both are lovely.  But I am so happy with this new photo!

I spent a little time cleaning it up.  Here is the original scan of the negative:

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Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery this week!  xoxo

 

 

ps – I was scheduled to have cataract surgery today but it was moved to next week.  I’m nervous and excited.  Here’s hoping it goes well!  (I’m a big fat chicken, so it’s probably going to take A LOT of deep breaths for me to make it to the actual moment of surgery.)