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Photograph Showcase: Cool Grandpa Frank

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Francis Henry Duval, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940

Oh.  My.

This is one of my absolute favorite photos of my great-grandfather.  It was captured by a street photographer in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1940.

I love it so much!

In fact, it is the very first photo I uploaded on Grandpa Duval’s profile in my Ancestry tree, many years ago.

But once again… I found a negative of this photo and scanned it.  I feel like I just struck gold!

(gold reference as a hat tip to great-grandpa and his parents who mined gold…)

Here is the version I used to have:

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And here they are side by side:

I feel like I’m bragging or something, but seriously, I’m just soooooooo delighted by every single negative I scan.  Amazing!!

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you find yourself an awesome negative very, very soon!  xoxo

 

 

ps – I was so delighted when the anesthesiologist offered to knock me out for my cataract surgery and I totally took him up on it!  My eye is healing up nicely and the best news of all – the spot they removed and biopsied (that I hadn’t mentioned before…) turned out to be completely harmless despite its aggressive persistence over the past 7 years.  Phew!  Once I finish healing up, it will be time to decide if/when to do the other eye.  I am currently a one-contact woman.  It’s a little bit weird, but awesome, to be able to see out of one eye without any type of exterior assistance.  And bonus, while I’m still healing, I have a touch of a shimmer in the upper right corner of my vision.  It feels like I have an angel following me everyone I go.  Haha!

 

 


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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

 

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Another Image Upgrade from a Negative ❤️

 

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Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde, 1903, Oakland, California

Isn’t this photo of my 2nd great-grandparents beautiful?

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It was in a small bundle of negatives my Mom left with me a few years ago.  I recently scanned it and was so delighted by the clarity of the image.  It’s not the original negative.  I believe it is a negative created by my great-grandfather, the son of this couple, by taking a photo of the original photo.  When I first worked with this image I was so happy to see a better version of a photo I already had.  But when I tried to find the “other” version I realized it was actually a different shot from the same photo shoot.  This is the photo I had before:

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Francis Cyprien & Alice Hyde DUVAL

Both are lovely.  But I am so happy with this new photo!

I spent a little time cleaning it up.  Here is the original scan of the negative:

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Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery this week!  xoxo

 

 

ps – I was scheduled to have cataract surgery today but it was moved to next week.  I’m nervous and excited.  Here’s hoping it goes well!  (I’m a big fat chicken, so it’s probably going to take A LOT of deep breaths for me to make it to the actual moment of surgery.)

 


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Photograph Showcase: Emma as a Mother

 

Orval, Hilan, Emma and Maynard Maffit - Chicago- abt 1913

Back, l-r:  Orval Jerrain Maffit, Emma Esther Jerrain; front, l-r: Maynard Seth Maffit, Hilan Thorne Maffit, about 1913

On Monday, I shared some details about a child of my 2nd great-grandmother Emma Esther Jerrain.  Emma buried her first two children as very young babies.  She went on to have at least ten more children.  Here she is with her first three children to survive infancy:

  • Maynard Seth Maffit was born 13 April 1907
  • Hilan Thorne Maffit was born 3 March 1909
  • Orval Jerrain Maffit was born 12 May 1910

All three children were born in Chicago.  After the previous losses Emma experienced, I imagine this photo was particularly meaningful to her.

This photo was labeled by Emma’s grandchildren who gave it an approximate year of 1913.  My great-grandmother, Hope Estelle Maffit, was born in June of 1913 in Montana.  If Grandma Emma was pregnant with Estelle in this photo, it must be very early in 1913 or else she sure is hiding it well under that girdle!

Don’t all four look so similar?  Especially their eyes.  According to family notes, eleven of the Maffit children had brown eyes, and only one – my great-grandmother – had blue eyes.  Both Emma and Seth had brown eyes.  This caused my Grandma to speculate, in later years, that Seth was not Estelle’s father.  But recently, my mom told me that her Mom and Grandma (Estelle), always told her that Emma had one brown eye and one blue eye.  Is it just me… or does her right eye look lighter than her left?  Maybe that tidbit is correct!  And for the record, I don’t question whether Seth was really Estelle’s father.  On top of my gut instinct, DNA supports the paper trail, Seth is Estelle’s father.  😉

What a treasure to find this photo on that CD from my Grandmother’s records!

 

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic genealogy photo discovery this week!  If not, I hope you choose to preserve and share a precious photo today.  xoxo

 

 

ps – Remember that Maffit/Jerrain book I was wishing I had a copy of?  Well!  My cousin Heather scanned the whole book and emailed it to me!!  I am loving it!  There is a memories section that is the very best part of the book.  Thank you, again, Heather, for taking the time to scan and share.  It means so much to me!  ❤️

 


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Photograph Showcase: Mother & Daughter

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Hope Estelle Maffit & Deane Alice Duval, about 1934

This lovely photo comes from a negative my Mom gave me.  It’s a beautiful portrait of my Grandma and Great-Grandma taken in about 1934.

I think it was taken at the same time as this photo of my Grandma:

What do you think?  Same dress?  Same hair?  Same day?

If so, then this photo was taken 3 May 1934 in Great Falls, Montana.

I found another scan of this photo in my Ancestry tree.  I’m not sure when I scanned it, or what I scanned it from.  What do you think of the two photos?  Which do you prefer?  Is it just me, or does the new scan feel like it’s a negative when compared to the old scan?  Am I imagining it…?

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery today!  xoxo

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: In the Army

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Daniel Ramon Costello, photo taken during WWII

This wonderful photo comes from the collection of my GrandAunt Barbara.  Pictured is her husband, Uncle Dan.  What a lovely photo of a wonderful man!  I am very grateful that Aunt Barbara is so willing to share.  If I remember correctly, Uncle Dan served in the medical corps of the US Army during WWII.

I took a photo of this photo using my ShotBox.  Didn’t it turn out great?

 

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

 

 

ps – Are any of my genealogy friends US military uniform buffs?  Does his uniform match up with my memory?  I did a little google searching and couldn’t find what I was looking for in the time that I had.

 


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Photograph Showcase: Rosey, For Sure

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Rosey Hyde, 1883-1970, photograph courtesy of Rosey’s great-granddaughter Cathy.

Nearly one year ago, I messaged a DNA match on Ancestry.com.  She appeared to be a descendant of Rosey Hyde, my 2nd great-grandaunt.  Rosey has always been of particular interest to me because of the circumstances of her birth, life, relationship with her sister (my 2nd great-grandmother Alice Hyde), marriages, and death.

Finding a living descendant of Rosey completely disproved what my Grandma told me about Rosey – that she was a gay barber who had no children.  In fairness to Grandma, she was completely cut off from this side of her family when she was very young.  She had a few memories of Rosey, but they were from her first 9 years of life, with no further contact after that time.

Not only was Rosey not childless, and apparently not gay, but she had two daughters and raised a third who was likely a grandchild.  She did cut hair, so at least that part was correct.  😉

Well, that DNA match responded to my message.  We have corresponded over the last year sharing photos, stories, and details.

A few weeks ago, she emailed me and asked if I would like a photo of Rosey for my archive.  !!!

OF COURSE, I WOULD!

 

As a very important aside – cousins, I ALWAYS want any photo, story, document, record image, or tidbit you are willing to share.  My email address is on the sidebar over there.  👉🏻  Bring it on, cousins!

 

I responded that I would very much like to have an image of Rosey for my archive.  She was headed off on an adventure and said she would send it to me when she got back.

She did just that.

When I opened that email and looked at a photo of Rosey, knowing that is was FOR SURE Rosey, well, be still my heart, suddenly this woman I have spent so much time researching and trying to understand has a face.  A beautiful face that looks so much like her sister’s face.

Thank you, dear cousin, for sharing this treasure, and for giving me permission to share it here.  I am so grateful.

And now readers, what do you think?  Is this photo I suspect to be Rosey in 1914 the same woman as the Rosey that I know for sure is Rosey?

 

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Possibly Rosey Hyde & Harry Grant Kingham, from the collection of Annie Marie Elvera Duval, niece of Rosey Hyde.

 

 

Happy Thursday, I wish you many wonderful cousin connections that lead to the joyful sharing of photos!  xoxo