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Photograph Showcase: Grandpa Duval at 54

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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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10 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Grandpa Duval at 54

  1. That’s incredible! I couldn’t even do that with photoshop!! Wonderful photos, all of them, and he does look like a real sweetie pie.

  2. Excellent!

    He does look a very nice man. I love his eyes and smile.

  3. Wow. She did great work!

  4. Simply amazing. My great-grandfather was also a photographer (besides being a coal miner, artist, poet) and did a colorized portrait of my three aunts as children. One of them was the proud owner of the picture and always showed it off and her children now own it.

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