Friday, July 29, 2011

Greyell Family and Fred Stark

Greyell Family
I am re-writing this blog article on Sept 7th, 2011. A fellow named John Rochon from Sarnia Ontario purchased these 2 photographs. I thought these folks were his ancestors because he had other photos of the same people and told me Fred Stark (below) had a twin brother. He found these two photos on my Misplaced Ancestors store.  So I thought these two photos The Greyell Family and Fred Stark were related and what a find for John, two ancestors photos found on one store. Well they are not his ancestors after all. After several good conversations with him he collects photographs. 
Greyell Family back

John lives in Sarina Ontario bordering the St. Clair River and I am on the other side in Michigan (about 60 miles from Port Huron). John bought some photos from a dealer from the United States who personally delivered them to him. John thought that was very generous of him and so did I. Sending off the photos he purchased from me is when I discovered John lived in Sarnia Ontario.

Fred Stark
Hmmmmm... the dealer I purchased my collection is from Port Huron just on the other side of the St. Clair River from Sarnia. We discovered we bought from the same dealer. It's a small world. 
John emailed me copies of his photos and I thought it would be nice to add them to this little blog article.

Harry and Fred Stark
Harry Stark kneeling in front

So all 4 photos now belong to John Rochon's collection. It's nice to meet Canadian neighbor John and having very friendly and good conversations. Makes my adventure in photos and blogging a good thing. Thank you John for sharing your photos, Cheers!

Last thought, I wonder if Harry and Fred ever sang in a Barber shop?........♫♪ Wait 'til the Sun Shines ♪ Nellie ♫♪♫

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ivan Juh, My Great Grandfather

This is my Great Grandfather Ivan Juh. He lived in Croatia and died in WWI. I know very little about him but I do have some fantastic pictures. This is my favorite. His wife died young also during the great flu epidemic leaving my grandmother and her brother orphans at ages 4 and 6.

In my early days of genealogy research I had no computer, didn't know how to use a computer and certainly didn't have a scanner. My husband loves film cameras and he took excellent photos of photos. When I visit relatives and talk about family history. Most people are very reluctant to let me borrow photos to have them copied. I visited two elderly cousins who just would not let me copy them and they were too disabled to get copies for me. So my husband captured photos with his film camera. They were pleased, I was pleased and we had a great visit.  

Film cameras still have much better quality than digital. The photo on the left was captured by a high quality film camera. After scanning it into my computer with high pixels I have a very good image to work with. This photo is dirty and somewhat faded. Doing a lot of spot and stain removal, using my 'Burn' tool to help with the faded parts, using levels tool to give it better color, contrast and brightness. My Great Grandfather is very grand posing with a very nice background.

Now I just have to find time to add this photo to my large collage photo frame that I purchased about 3 years ago to put all my ancestors in. The frame still hangs on my office wall waiting for me to add my family.....

If you have a photo you would like spruced up and looking cheerier. Please contact me. I have very reasonable rates.

Thank you for taking some time to read this little story of mine. Cheers!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

 A little project for my favorite 

 brother-in-law (aka B.I.L.). Taking an ordinary snapshot picture and turning it into an extraordinary portrait. Very simple, doesn't take long and not much effort and you get results that's very pleasing to the eyes. A little cut out here and a little paste on a new back ground there. The hardest part of this project is finding the right background to use. Either you find a photo for a background, maybe alter it a little or a lot, or you create your very own background from scratch. This always takes me a long time to decide. I tried both until I get that 'WOW' inside my head. Then that's the one.



This next project was  more of a challenge and very fun. Taking an ordinary photo and being extraordinary creative. Lots of people had their photos turned into magazine covers. This is actually my very first attempt. Totally all from scratch, no borrowing from something. Again cut out and put on a new background and add text for a magazine look. I am pleased and so was my favorite B.I.L.

The man in these photos is my B.I.L.'s youngest brother who is no longer with us.  My B.I.L. talks about his brother frequently and has Tom's photos displayed in his home and office. These will be added to the collection I am sure. Photographs keeps him with us just like he was still here today. Tom is very much loved and missed by his family. Rest in Peace Tom.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harry Seymore, Windsor Ontario Artist. CDV photograph

A carte de visite  photo Harry Seymore, Windsor Ont. Artist as written in ink on the back of this photograph. Photographer John Douglass (with 2 ss). Doing a little search on  Canadian 1871 census lists a Harry C. Seymore age 44, born abt 1827 and occupation as a Lithograph Agent. This may or may not be the same Harry. Just a mini research in hopes to find his family again. This photo of him could very well fit in the time frame of 1871 give or take a few years. You can find his photograph at my Lost Ancestors location.

Copied from Canadian 1871 census record.

Henry C Seymore
Age: 44
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Gender: Male
Birth Place: England

Residence District: Essex
Residence Location: Windsor Town
Ethnic Origin: English
Religion: Church of England, Anglican
Occupation: Lithogpaph Agent
Division: 2
Microfilm Roll: C-9890
Page: 81
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Special Collage Project Leads to a Very Special Find

This collage was fun to make and lead me to a surprising and successful search. The photos didn't have very much damaged. The usual spots, scratches and every once in a while you get a photo with film distortion like the white patches in this photo below.

Before with white film distortion
To make the photo a little more interesting I added color to the child's clothes. Since this is a collage about my husband as a child. Colorizing only his clothes in all the photos I wanted to bring the attention to him. Wasn't he a little cutie? Or as my friend Martha would say "Isn't he a Cuuutie Pie?"




These are my before and after. Restoring photos is fun and interesting. You really get to see the whole picture, every nook and cranny, from a distance and up close. For instance this photo of him with his favorite toy as a child a little monkey doll he called Joe Mindy after a famous monkey at the Detroit Zoo.  Ron always asked me to look for this monkey doll in antique stores. Well I didn't know what this monkey looked like. This photo shows Joe Mindy. After much work on this picture and thinking (I do a lot of thinking working on pictures). I am going to ask my antique selling friends at the The Vintage They gave me very good advice and I found a monkey doll on eBay. Viewing the 2 photos side by side, this is definitely Ron's monkey. Upon discovering it's a Monko Monkey, this lead to a better eBay and Google search finding several others. I surprised my husband with this find, but only he could choose the one that looked most like his Joe Mindy.

Ron's original Joe Mindy
Jo Mendi II,  Monko monkey circa late 1930's -1940's

So he chose this one. Here is Jo Mendi II that sits in Ron's favorite room. I now spell his name correctly after Ron did some research on the famous monkey from the Detroit Zoo. Once Jo Mendi II arrived, my mother-in-law recognized him too. He is not the exact doll my husband had but it's close enough and made him very happy.

So moms, don't throw out your children's favorite toy. It takes years for them to find it again. Plus it costs much much more!