What Do You See in a Photo?

On the surface this is a simple family snapshot. My Mom and Dad are in the middle. It’s their wedding day; my mother’s oldest sister stands to her left and my mother’s niece to the right of my father. It captures a happy time. The houses, the car, and the people all help date the…

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Deciphering the Past One Family Hero at a Time

I’m not sure what came first the story about this picture or finding the image in my family photos. The two are intertwined in my mind seamlessly joined. This faded color photo depicts my grandmother on her 75th birthday. My mother, her daughter-in-law, made her a cake and threw her a small party. I was…

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Recipes From My Grandmother

It’s old and tattered, but it’s one of the only things I have from Mémère, my maternal grandmother. It’s a cookbook on poor quality acidic paper almost too fragile to touch. This thin collection is part of her legacy including a few pieces of kitchenware, stories my mother tells, and our genetic link. Alice McDuff…

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Tell Me A Story

Tell Me A Story I use my Photo Detective skills to piece together the clues but then I can’t help but think “what’s the story?” Here is my fictional take on this image. He needed a portrait to send to his betrothed so he went to George Parlow’s studio along the waterfront. The best families went…

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Photo Stories: Seeking Lilly Begecher/Schesser

It’s time for another installment of Photo Stories. This time the photo comes from my client files. Allen Kurtz has spent a lot of time trying to solve the mystery of his wife’s great aunt, Lilly Begecher/Schesser.  He told me, “She is my obsession.”  You know how it is.  You’re making a puzzle and you…

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A Mysterious Woman on Instagram

Recently, I featured this picture on my Instagram account.  Now I’m wondering about the story behind it.  It’s one of more than two hundred images in my collection from overseas. What Do You See? On the surface this looks like a simple studio portrait. A young woman posed for a picture. She’s dressed in an…

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Photo Stories: Mrs. George Gilbert

  Each photograph captures a story in a single moment. That’s a fact. By adding up the details in the picture you can make a new discoveries. It could something about the person in the picture. It might be how the image fits into the context of national, local or family history.  In some cases, it’s all…

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