I scanned more old photos last night. More clues and some nice images (after I cleaned them up and did some creative cropping). I was wrong about grandmom’s and Willie’s ages.
This photo shows grandmom with three of her children. Martie Ann was born in 1917. She’s the shy wee one on the left — holding on to grandmom. Rita was born in 1915 and Willie was born in 1913. I’d say that this photo was taken in 1919 (plus or minus) which would make grandmom 31 and Willie 6. I’m guessing here of course but close enough.
The original photo was double exposed on the right. I cropped it as much as I could, cleaned it up and adjusted the tonality. I’m pleased with the result. The image may not be technically perfect but it is very expressive. I know mom will love it. I do.
I have dozens of photos scanned now. Once I run them all through Picture Window I should have enough images for the photo book I’m working on. Shhh. I have a Christmas surprise for mom. I made a DVD slide show of some of the early images that she can watch on her TV. Mom doesn’t have a computer. She claims she’s too old to start now. Well she has a TV.
Modern technology gives me the tools I need to enhance and preserve the old family photos. It’s amazing what you can do with a good flatbed scanner (I have an Epson V600 now), a good photo editor and lots of patience.
One of these days I’ll get back to posting more of my own photography. Meanwhile, I’ll continue sharing the past and there’s lots more to come.