I found these two photos in an old oval frame at my mom’s house. I rescued them and the frame. My mom wants the top photo back, I think I’ll hand deliver it rather than mail it. But that bottom photo – I think I am going to repair the oval frame and display this photo in it. Estelle is my great grandmother. She was likely the person who hand painted these with oil paints. She left a wonderful legacy of photos. I am so grateful.
I recently found this beautiful 8×10 photo of my grandmother in pristine condition, in a picture frame, in a stack of picture frames, in the closet of a guest room in my parent’s home. With my mother’s permission, I rescued the dusty frame from the pile.
This adorable little girl was the only child at the time this photo was taken. She was 22 months old. The photo was taken at The Twitter Studio in Great Falls, Montana. The photo was later hand-painted with oil paints. Because there is evidence that the photograph was removed and returned to the frame – the paper backing is torn and taped back together with very old cellophane tape with the studio sticker still on the paper backing – I believe that it was hand-painted by my great grandmother Hope Estelle Maffit.
I love her little dress, socks, and shoes. I also love that her hair isn’t overly styled. It looks like her mother just worked with her natural curls. I wonder if the stuffed dog belonged to my grandmother or if it was a toy in the studio used to help children hold still?
I’m so delighted that my mother was willing to let me rescue and scan this photo while it was still in such perfect condition. A treasure for sure!
Lately I’ve been sharing a lot of photos from my Dad’s side of the family. Today I thought I would bounce back over to my Mom’s side.
This is my Mom’s Grandpa – Francis Henry Duval. The photo was taken and then hand painted with oil paints by his wife Estelle, my great grandmother. She was very talented. I love looking at her work.
I love this photo of my grandmother and her brother playing on a fence. I also love the notes on the back written by their father, my great grandfather. He was developing his photography skills and like all good students, he was a note taker.
You may notice how light my grandmother’s eyes are. She has very bright blue eyes. So does her brother.
This is my great grandfather, Frank Duval and his grandson, my Uncle Craig. My great grandfather was a hard worker and an excellent do-it-yourselfer. I imagine there were lots of moments like this one with Grandpa Duval inviting his children or grandchildren to help him with a project. His descendants include quite a few do-it-yourselfers – I don’t think that is a coincidence.
I wonder where this bathroom was…?
This is my great grandfather, Frank Duval. He and his wife owned a photography studio. I would imagine that she took this photo. I wonder if she posed him or if he came up with that on his own? Looking at this photo, I wish it were in color – vivid living color – because his eyes were such a bright blue. I would love to see them again in person. I guess I should visit my grandma. After all, she has his eyes.
Is it just me, or do these two look like they’d rather be riding than posing for a snap shot? 🙂