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Photograph Showcase: Grandpa Duval at 54

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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Photograph Showcase: Portrait of a Photographer

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative - edited, lae

Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955

Estelle Duval is my great-grandmother.  She was a photographer.  Together with my great-grandfather, she owned Duval Portraits in Spokane.  I have thousands of photographs that she took.  Thousands.

This photo is one I had never seen until just recently when I scanned a few more negatives.  Unfortunately, my scanner has a very limited window for scanning negatives and so this is a cropped version.  The actual negative is a bit wider.  I discovered that the rest of my stash of negatives are even wider than this one.  Bummer!  I’m going to have to do a little research on scanners and see if I can find one that can accommodate the range of negative sizes I have in my possession.  Despite that little setback, I am still in awe of the image that results from scanning a negative.  ❤️

There were two shots of Grandma Duval from this sitting.  Here is the other.  I prefer the first.  She has a lovely smile.

DUVAL, Estelle, 15 November 1955, negative, 2 - lae

Hope Estelle Maffit, 15 November 1955

 

Happy Thursday, I hope it’s a fantastic genealogy discovery week for each of you!!  xoxo

 

 


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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: Mother & Daughter

DUVAL, Estelle & Deane

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: Grandma and Her Fancy Dress

ELLIS, Mary Margaret, wearing black sequined dress in snow - smaller

This photo of my Grandma, Mary Margaret Ellis, comes from a bundle of negatives found in her collection.   She has an engagement ring on, so I am guessing this was taken sometime while my Grandpa was on his LDS mission in New Zealand.  I need to do a little digging to nail down those dates.

I love the details of her dress.  She made most of her own dresses.  I wonder if she made this one too?  It’s a little bit fancy, I wonder what it was for?  They got married in June so I don’t think it was for any wedding festivities.

 


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Photograph Showcase: Grandma Margaret and her Violin

ELLIS, Margaret playing her violin - smaller

This beautiful photo of my Grandma was found amongst a bundle of negatives from her collection.  Because it was a negative, there is no information about the photograph.  I know that it is my Grandmother, Mary Margaret Ellis.  She played the violin and the piano.  She also had a beautiful singing voice.  I love seeing her here as a young, and clearly dedicated, musician.  Isn’t she darling?

What a treasure!

 

ps – I will be in letter sorting heaven for the next few days while most of my family is on a boys only adventure.  Would it be rude to put a Do Not Disturb sign on my front door?  😉

 

*Post updated with photo turned to the correct direction.  Grandma was right handed and her sister noticed that the original posting had the photo backwards.


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Photograph Showcase: That cheeser is my Dad!

PETERSON, Ronald and Margaret family outside - smaller for FT

The Ronald & Margaret Peterson Family, about 1957

This snapshot comes from a bundle of negatives I recently discovered amongst my Grandmother’s collection.  My dad is that cute little guy in front with the big grin.  Isn’t he adorable?

And how about Grandma’s dress?  I would love to see the whole thing.  The details are fabulous!