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Offline flamingo66

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Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« on: Saturday 24 October 09 23:40 BST (UK) »
Hi everyone,

Here is a photo I've been sent of my great-grandad George (the little boy at the back), his sisters - my great-aunts, and my great-great-grandad (also George), a strict Scottish Temperance man with a fantastic moustache! The lady on the photo is his second wife (he moved the family to Manchester and married her in June 1901 - his first wife died in 1899, literally just after giving birth to Mary, their youngest daughter on the right). Looking at how old Mary is, I shouldn't think she is much older than two years old, so the photo must have been taken around 1901, maybe not long after the second wedding? Could anyone confirm this please?

I love it - its the oldest family photo we have. Any sharpening / improvements would be much appreciated! It was emailed to me from a scan, so I hope the resolution is good enough!!  :)

Many thanks

Katie



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Re: Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 24 October 09 23:45 BST (UK) »
Great picture!  I think the little girl on the right is about 4 or 5.  Just a guess  :)
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Re: Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 25 October 09 06:57 GMT (UK) »
I think so too, and looking at the lady's hairstyle 1905 would be a resonable guess for a date. Lovely photo. See how the girls' white dresses are kind of washed out...babies and very young children are often dressed in white for a photo and this causes a bit of local overexposure in an old photo...I forget what Prue calls it, baby blur or something :)

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Re: Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 25 October 09 11:49 GMT (UK) »
Hi Katie

Sadly the pic was only 72dpi and secondly, someone has tried to clean it by running it through a filter which if you look at the original has resulted in a lot of the detail being flattened and definition being lost (which is why I hate those blasted filter packages  >:( ).  Having said that, it hasn't scrubbed up too badly.

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Re: Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 25 October 09 17:18 GMT (UK) »
I would agree with China's date,the baby looks about 4/5 & the girl at the back has one of those curious pigeon-breast blouses,a feature of the early decade.
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Re: Victorian family portrait c1900 - great and great-great grandad!
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 25 October 09 21:35 GMT (UK) »
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