Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ABC Wednesday: E for Engrossed

… which I’ve been over the last few days, in the project of setting up a new blog, in which I intend to Expose and Examine a collection of old postcards from the Era of the first three decades of the 20th century, and at the same time Explore a part of my own family history, by Extracting ‘Evidence’ from the cards. I’m feeling quite Excited about this, Even if I Expect it to be a rather slow process. But at least the postcard collection Enables me to set a sort of frame for the project.

In the meantime, I’m also getting back to my physical Exercises in the rehab pool since Monday. Hopefully, that will bring me back some Energy rather than just Exhaust me!

A button at the top of the sidebar will take you to the new blog.
Or just click here:

Greetings from the Past

2012_02_15 Gerda

This is a photo of my grandmother’s travelling and card writing half-sister Gerda. The original photo as scanned to the left. With some improvements made by me in the middle (using Picasa). This photo was not in the postcard album; but when I turned it over I found that it was obviously originally printed on a postcard, and then cut to fit into a smaller photo frame. Luckily, the cutting has left the date – Lyon 26 October 1915 – and the dedication to my grandmother Sally, who would then have been 15 going on 16. Gerda was born 1881, so would be 34 in this photo. I can see the family resemblance between her and Sally in her features.

13 comments:

  1. the photo is almost 100 years old, amazing to me. what a find this is.

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  2. Excellent E choice. Beautiful old photo!!

    E is for Entertainment, please come and see.

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  3. Yes, engrossing to discover such a treasure! Thanks for sharing,
    HelenMac
    ABC Wednesday Team

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  4. Fascinating. Not having used Picasa since I converted to a Mac I'm impressed by what you achieved with it.

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  5. This is a wonderful photo, and in such great shape being as old as it is. What an exciting project, I know these postcards will be wonderful, and you will be finding out all kinds of family details, kind of like detective work!!!

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  6. Old photographs symbolizes beauty!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
    Extra Earnings

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  7. Your new blog is just lovely, and I also went back and read your postcard post here, the cards are just amazing!!! I would be just as excited, what a treasure. BUT, when I went to your new blog, the home tab showed Gerda 1915, then the English button showed your Avatar (I LOVE that picture!!!) Also, there was not a place to click to comment, which is why I am doing it here. At least I didn't see any place.

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  8. Ginny, there are no comment boxes on the extra 'pages' tabs at the top. The Home tab always takes you to the latest post though and on posts you should be able to comment. (I hope!)

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  9. Graham, I use Picasa all the time for 'basic' editing. So much quicker than anything else I've tried.

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  10. It's too easy for me to get ENGROSSED in stuff!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  11. How fascinating - and what a great way to get engrossed in a very interesting topic. Do you do geneology?

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  12. Leslie - So far I've only used notes left behind my my father and grandfather (and from my aunt for my mother's side). It will be a while yet before I have to look further, I think!

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