Way Back Portrait

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If there were a top ten list of my treasured possessions, this portrait would be one of them.   I remember the day I first watched my mother unwrap it.   Then we took it to a photography studio, maybe Hudson’s, for restoration.  I remember yellowing and water stained areas in the background.  And, soon I was with mom when we went to pick it up…amazed at the results. 

This is Esther, my maternal grandmother, as a young girl.  You have met Esther before on my blog, here, here and here.  She is probably about 3 years old in this charcoal rendering of her.  This was a popular technique back then, drawing with the aid of a projected photograph.  Timeframe:  1903ish.  She was always as sweet as this picture depicts her.

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