photograph showcase

Photograph Showcase: On the Swing

Estelle Duval on swing
possibly Estelle Maffit

This photo is among the many photos my grandmother has given me.  She told me that it is a picture of her mother Estelle and that it was taken in Montana.  After I uploaded it, I was waiting for the page to load with the image.  In the instant that the image popped up I was struck by the fact that this does not look like Estelle to me.  Suddenly I am questioning this sweet little photo that I have loved well.  Is it really my great grandmother?  Is it one of her sisters?  I think I need to do some comparing!

14 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: On the Swing”

  1. What a beautiful photo filled with motion! She is so pretty with a little determined chin. Wishing you luck!

  2. If your grandmother told you it was her mother, it seems strange that that would be untrue. Post some other pictures that you know to be Estelle so we can judge too! People definitely can look different at different ages and in different lighting.

    1. Plus I don’t know your great grandmother’s dates. This picture looks like it was taken in the 30s, at the earliest. Wouldn’t your great grandmother have been too old?

    2. I will do that this week! I agree that you would think my grandma wouldn’t get that wrong, however the photo is only about 1 1/2 by 2 inches in size. Hence, the photo surprising me when it loaded so much larger on my computer screen.

      1. It also depends on how old you grandmother was when she told you that and how well her memory was holding up. 🙂
        We have a couple family pictures in which mothers and daughters were confused, but only by looking at the clothing styles can the women be determined.

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