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:

Francis Henry Duval by his airplane

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




Author: thegenealogygirl

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16 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Grandpa with his Biplane

  1. Definitely off-the-charts cool. Have I mentioned I’m envious of your slide collection — but also really really happy for you.

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    • Thank you, Su!! I feel so fortunate to have such a rich photographic history so I’m trying to actively show that gratitude by scanning and sharing so my family can find the photos and enjoy as well. ❤


  2. It’s remarkable that you have these negatives. I used to keep negatives when I had photos developed, but I’ve no idea where they are today.

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    • Right? I’m so surprised by how many things survived years, multiple owners, and somehow made their way to me! When I started working on genealogy 20 years ago, I remember thinking how cool it would be to inherit a few original family photos. After about two years, my great-grandmother’s brother mailed me a bundle of about 15 original photos. I thought – “Wow, it actually happened!” I figured that would be the end of it until after my parents passed away. But slowly over the years more and more things have been given to me by different family members. It’s like I turned into a photo/heirloom magnet and I LOVE it!

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  3. Fantastic photo! I have a similar one of my grandmother on a motorcycle wearing just such a leather helmet.

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  4. You’ve opened up a time capsule, Amberly! It’s like being there the day the picture was taken.

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  5. That is really neat! Do you know what year it was taken? You are sooooo fortunate to have inherited so many photographs.

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    • Thank you, Eilene! I don’t know the exact date. It was most likely taken between 1930 and about 1938. I know that the plane was eventually destroyed in a fire.

      Yes! I feel so fortunate. I really have a wonderfully rich photographic history of my family. One Grandma was a saver and the other had photographers for parents. 😉

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