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Photograph Showcase: Seth & Emma’s Wedding Portrait

Emma & Seth wedding photo, 1902

Emma Esther Jerrain & Seth Maffit

Emma & Seth are my 2nd great-grandparents.  I’ve written about them a few times this year.  I shared the confusing details about the name of their oldest son.  I shared the lovely portrait of Emma with her three oldest surviving children.  Lastly, I shared the sad tale of their son Orval and his tragic death in a train accident.

I have several photos of Seth & Emma.  Actual photos that I can hold in my hand and scan and share.  This photo of their wedding day is not among them.  I have a very old color copy that was given to my grandmother that I scanned at the highest resolution reasonable and this is as good as it gets.  Normally I share the best of what I have.  But in this case, this is all that I have of their wedding.  So I share it here because this is certainly better than no photo.  But I also share it in the hopes that one day, the descendant who has the original may happen across this post and then choose to scan and share the original as a higher quality image.

Cousins!  Let’s get together and preserve and share this photo and any others that exist of Seth and Emma.  ❤

Now about that date handwritten on the bottom.  Seth and Emma were married 20 January 1901 in Chicago.  That fact is not in question.  I think this photo was just likely mislabeled at some point.  I can’t imagine they took it a full year after they were wed.  Although, stranger things have happened.  😉

 

 

Happy Thursday!  I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery very soon.  If not, if you happen to have a special original photo, please scan and share with your cousins.  xoxo

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 49 – Four Cheney Sisters

CHENEY, four sisters

Back, l-r:  Louise Delina Cheney, Blanche Lenore Cheney.  Front, l-r:  Hattie Margaret Cheney, Della Maude Cheney.

This photo is one I am very familiar with.  There is a copy in my Dad’s book of remembrance.  I looked through that book so many times growing up, often at the side of my Grandmother who had created it.  Even though the photo was familiar, the women were not.  It was much later in life that I understood the significance of this photo.

The woman at the bottom left is my 2nd great-grandmother, Hattie Margaret Cheney.  Hattie is the daughter of Joseph Thompson Cheney and Louise Maria Austin.  Hattie was born in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho on 9 July 1866.  She was the third of eight children.  She had four sisters and three brothers.

Here she is seen with three of her sisters – Louise Delina (who went by Delina), Blanche Lenore, and Della Maude. At the time this photo would have been taken, the fifth sister, Octavia Achsa, was no longer living.  Hattie would go on to name her own daughter Blanche Octavia – who was my great-grandmother and the creator of this wonderful photo album.  Della was the only sibling who never married or had any children.

What a treasure to have a photo of these four elderly sisters together!  What makes it even more remarkable is that the four sisters lived in three different states – Idaho, Utah, and California.  I wonder what event brought them together?  I wonder whose idea it was to have this photograph taken?  I would like to thank them.  😉

 

 

This photo comes from the twenty-sixth page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-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.  Pages seventeen through twenty-five were filled with twenty-two wonderful photos that all contained at least one living person.  Descendants of Paul & Claudia Nye – email me if you would like files of those photos.  My address is on the sidebar.

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Thomas & Lettie Peterson

Thomas William Peterson & Lettie Taylor are my 2nd great-grandparents.  They were both born in Utah, Thomas in 1872 and Lettie in 1883.  They married in 1901 in Salt Lake and went on to have four sons.  I descend from their son Rulon.

I love the details of their clothing in these photos.  They aren’t dated so I can’t be certain of the occasion on which they were both taken.  But that white tie definitely screams special event.  What do you think?

I do know that these were not taken at the time of their wedding.  I have a photo from that day and Thomas is sans mustache.

Thomas William Peterson

Thomas William Peterson & Lettie Taylor on their wedding day, 10 April 1901.

I think they look older in the first two photos.  What do you think?

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery very soon!  If not, I hope you will preserve and share a favorite photo.  xoxo

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 27 – Ronald & Margaret

PETERSON, Ronald Skeen & Mary Margaret Ellis, 27 June 1949

Mary Margaret Ellis & Ronald Skeen Peterson, they were married 27 June 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

These are my grandparents.  They were married 27 June 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a very long courtship that spanned several months in high school, Grandpa’s 2 years of service in the Marine Corps during WWII, a few months afterward, and then Grandpa’s 2 1/2 year LDS mission to New Zealand.  Grandma also served a mission in California while Grandpa was serving his mission.

Several years ago I received a 5×7 of this photo from Grandpa’s Uncle Evan.  It is in excellent condition.  It is framed and sitting on my piano.  This copy, from Grandma’s mother’s photo album, is also in excellent condition.

 

 

This photo comes from the fifteenth page of the album.  Here are pages fourteen and fifteen 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.

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Grandpa Duval at 54

DUVAL, Frank, 15 November 1955, negative

Frank Duval, 15 November 1955

My great-grandfather, Frank Duval, lived to be 94.  He died when I was in college.  I knew him better than any of my other great-grandparents.  I have lots of fond memories of time spent in his home.  He was such a good man.  Can’t you just see that in his smile?

DUVAL, Frank, 15 November 1955, negative, 2

Frank Duval, 15 November 1955

These first two photos came from negatives.  Just like last week, the negatives are wider than my scanner could accommodate so they are cropped a bit.  With the negatives were these two test prints (seen below) on very thin paper.  When I saw them I felt such a connection with my great-grandmother.  I knew that she painted photos with oil paints and it totally makes sense that she did other types of editing, but I have no idea how she fixed Grandpa’s hair.  I know how I would fix it using photoshop, but she did this completely by hand somehow.  I bet she would have been a photoshop wiz!  And now that I have seen her handiwork, I feel less guilty about touching up some of her beautiful portraits to remove dust and scratches.

And here is her final version:

Francis Henry Duval

She was so talented!

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery today!  If not, I hope you will scan and share a special photo today.  xoxo

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 26 – Margaret, the Graduate – Part Two

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Mary Margaret Ellis

There is something about a scroll that I really love.  Maybe it’s the fragile nature and the need to handle the scroll with care.  My Grandmother is definitely handling this scroll gently.

When I graduated, I was handed an empty diploma case.  No care required.  How about you?  Scroll or case?

Also, that cap looks quite substantial.  A lot sturdier than the one I had.  I’m no fabric expert, but when I was editing this photo I had zoomed way in on the cap and it looked like it was made of wool.

 

 

This photo comes from the fourteenth page of the album.  Here are pages fourteen and fifteen 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.

 


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Photograph Showcase: Portrait of a Photographer

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative - edited, lae

Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955

Estelle Duval is my great-grandmother.  She was a photographer.  Together with my great-grandfather, she owned Duval Portraits in Spokane.  I have thousands of photographs that she took.  Thousands.

This photo is one I had never seen until just recently when I scanned a few more negatives.  Unfortunately, my scanner has a very limited window for scanning negatives and so this is a cropped version.  The actual negative is a bit wider.  I discovered that the rest of my stash of negatives are even wider than this one.  Bummer!  I’m going to have to do a little research on scanners and see if I can find one that can accommodate the range of negative sizes I have in my possession.  Despite that little setback, I am still in awe of the image that results from scanning a negative.  ❤️

There were two shots of Grandma Duval from this sitting.  Here is the other.  I prefer the first.  She has a lovely smile.

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative, 2 - lae

Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955

 

Happy Thursday, I hope it’s a fantastic genealogy discovery week for each of you!!  xoxo