photograph showcase

Photograph Showcase: Not yet a Grandma


DUVAL, Deane, July 1968 handcolored portrait
Deane Duval, July 1968

All week I have been thinking of this lovely portrait of my Grandma taken a few years before she was a Grandma.

Her parents were photographers.  Her mother handpainted this portrait with oil paints.  Wasn’t she so talented?  I love all of her handpainted portraits.

But this week, I am especially grateful for this particular portrait.

It’s such a beautiful photo of my Grandma in her prime.  A happy reminder of her life.

I scanned this a few years ago.  I need to scan it again as a .tiff file at a much higher resolution so that I and my family members can have a nice sized print made to frame.  I think I’ll be taking it with me to the Family History Center tonight.  And probably several others as well.



Do you have any special photos that need to be scanned or re-scanned?






19 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Not yet a Grandma”

  1. Lovely! So glad you have this memory. And don’t even get me started on scanning photos. I have so many photo albums from the 1970s on that need to be scanned—-not old photos, but my snapshots over the years. One of these days….

    1. Oh Amy, I completely understand. I haven’t even begun to touch the photos from my own life. Every now and again I will scan something for a specific purpose, but I have thousands upon thousands of photos to deal with (or not, not everything needs to be scanned).

        1. Seriously! I usually just take a few photos with me to the Family History Center every week. Scanning a few at a time is waaaaay less boring than trying to get it all done in one shot.

        1. Yes! And I love that there are so many ways to share them right now. Every time I work with a photo I add it to a Facebook photo album that is for family only. I also add it to FamilySearch, my Ancestry tree, Flickr (as the full resolution scan), and a photo printing lab I like. That way, once a photo is scanned I have several back-ups, but my family can enjoy it right away, and I can print it anytime now or in the future without having to dig out the photo.

  2. “Do you have any special photos that need to be scanned or re-scanned” I have so many to do and organize that it would be a full time job. 🙂

    1. Me too! Haha, I try to just do a few each week or so. Maybe one of these days I’ll decide to do it a little faster, but for now, a few each week is good enough for me. Better than nothing.

    1. Thank you Lenore! I don’t use the high speed scanner. 😉 It doesn’t do as good of a job and is hard on old photos. I don’t mind going the slow route to get a better image. But I know lots of people love the high speed scanner. We have one at our center and then two flat bed scanners, 1 slide scanner (the flat beds can do it too), and 2 high speed paper scanners. We have lots of patrons who come in just for one of the scanners.

Leave a Reply