Friday, March 25, 2011

Martin Craig - Maronay - Montreal Quebec Canada

This CDV photo of Martin Craig was found in an antique sale in Michigan. On the back is written in pencil "Mother's Uncle Craig, Martin Craig, Grandpa Maronay's sister's husband. Photographer J. C. Parks, Montreal.

2 1/2 x 4 inches. There are a few scratches, dent and bent corners. Other wise a great find for the family of Craig or Maronay genealogist.

Can be found for sale at

Annie Hyland- Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Here is a cabinet card photo of Annie Hyland. On the back there is lots of information about this lady, that the family genealogist would love to have. Annie Hyland daughter of Rev. David John Hyland. Dated Feb. 20, 1901. On the front shows the photographer "Sheldon & Davis, Kingston, Ont." 

 You can find this photo for sale by clicking on this link

Monday, March 21, 2011

My latest and toughest challenge so far...

This poor Polaroid photo of a beloved Aunt was given to me to try and repair. I could not pass up this challenge.

First I was entrusted with the original photo to scan. The photo was so curled up and the cracks were peeling and curling I was very afraid of squashing it too hard in my scanner to create more damage. But luckily the Polaroid paper was more pliable than I thought so I could scan it several times at different angles in my scanner to get a good scan at 600 dpi for better quality.
 The background is just not interesting enough to save. So concentrating on the Aunt, I had in mind to replace the back ground for a nice studio type portrait. Now in the original photo her hair looks to be a large afro hair do. But zooming in and confirmation from the niece who is owner of this photo. Her hair is not as large as it appears from this view.There is a shadow behind her head. So I had to guess pretty much the hair outline.

Using mainly cloning, spot healing and healing brushes tools. Cropping, layer coping, moving, aligning, color adjusting on the Aunt. The hardest part was choosing the right color back ground.

By using color selector and clouds filter for the background colors and cloud effect. Then a process using the select and feather tools for the blending effect. Then the layer adjustment tool for the shadowing effect did the background effect come to life and tada..... the photo is finished.

She does look like a different person than in the original, but I assure you it's the same portrait. It's amazing going from a very dark background to a much lighter background makes a bid difference.

So this is the fun I have. My passion to try and save these treasured photographs before it's too late. Then see the face of the person who comissioned me on their photo. It's almost like an "Extreme Photo Makeover" show!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A. Mccollum Davies or Davis - Fredericton - New Brunswick - Canada

I found the mustache gentleman in Michigan. On the back is written in ink A. McCollum Davis, Davies maybe. It is hard to read and maybe you can judge by the picture. The photographer is W. A. Mooers, Fredericton, N.B.

I did a short searched on and 1911 census there is a A.M. Davis, Carleton, New Brunswick Canada. Also Alexander M. Davis in 1851 census York County, New Brunswick. I am not saying this is this the gentleman in the photo, but it is a start for research.

Size 2 1/2 x 4 inches. Dirty on front and back. If the family genealogist found this photo it would be very welcomed. 

He can be packed and ready to travel in a moments notice, once his family finds him. For now his is boarding at my home. Detail on A. McCollum can be found at this link.

Margaret L. Wismer (Van Horne), Palmyra, New York

Here is an old photo dated 1884 of Margaret L. Wismer (Van Horne) written on the back. It also show photographer Wm Ellow (I am not too sure) Palmyra, N.Y.This is wonderful information for the family genealogist. Maybe it's her handwriting and signature on the back.

This cabinet card size is 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. Some spots on the front and back, but other wise very good condition. 

She can be packed and ready travel as soon as her family finds her. For now she is boarding at my house. Click on this link for more details.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lost Ancestors - Miss M. Spencer of Kamloops B.C. - Canada

What an amazing ridiculous hat Miss M. Spencer is wearing. I found her in Michigan. On the front is stamped her name and Kamloops B.C.

Size 3 1\4 x 4 1\4 inches. Except for the spot on the front, this photos is in very good condition.

She is ready and packed waiting for a ticket back to her family. You can find her at this link

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lost Ancestor- Katie Rae from Hamilton Ont. Canada, CDV Photograph

I found Katie Rae in an antique sale. On the back is written her name twice in pencil. Photographer Farmer Bros. Hamilton, Ontario.

CDV Size 2 1/2 x 4 inches. Very good condition front and back. 

 She can be found at my new store via this link