I was digging thru an old jewelry box over the weekend looking for a necklace and I came upon some old B&W negatives. Curiousity got the better of me, so I threw them on my scanner to take a better look. I almost fell off my chair to discover that one of the negatives was a photo of my grandfather, my dad, and five of his siblings! What makes this picture so special is that I have never seen a casual photo of my grandfather, who died before I was born.
The few photos I have were posed studio portraits taken when he was a young man, on The American Thread baseball team, and a family portrait with my grandmother and their twelve children. I don’t remember when I acquired the negative – I’m thinking it may have been floating around in a drawer at my parent’s house and I grabbed it, stashed it in an envelope, then promptly forgot about it.
I’ve done a lot of photo restorations and I decided to work on this photo, which was in sad shape. Over the weekend, I stole an hour here and there to fix it. After blowing the dust off of the negative, there were issues – it was faded and there were black specks everywhere. I had to do quite a bit of work in Photoshop preparing it for this post.
My grandfather came down from Quebec, settled in Connecticut, married and had twelve children. He was widowed in 1941, and raised the younger children with the help of my Aunt Vi – who was an amazing woman. It’s nice to get a sense of him from these few photographs, and wonderful to grow up in a family surrounded by twenty aunts and uncles!