Friday Faces of the Past – Unknown girl with baby

Unknown girl possibly holding John or Mark - Linton, Indiana, c1930s

Recently I have been organizing my immense photograph collection. I am the family archivist so all the family pictures have been migrating in my direction. This summer when I traveled to the east coast, my dad presented me with several boxes of photographs. In the evenings in my hotel room, I dutifully packed up the photographs into priority mail flat rate boxes. There were seven by the time I was done. Those boxes remain untouched. I figure I need to get the other piles of pictures organized and scanned before I can even think of opening the seven new ones.

I have inherited pictures from both my maternal and paternal sides. The organization of them has been scattered at best. Some of them have been scanned over the years but many have not. So, I decided I really needed to get cracking on this project. I am not definitely getting any younger and my office is not cleaning itself. So far, I have probably scanned between 200-300 photographs. This is not a quick process. Since I am going for preservation quality, I have been scanning .TIF files and at a higher dpi (600-1200 range). I also purchased archival photograph sleeves. Once the pictures are scanned, they get to live in their own little protective envelope. I can see the pictures but I don’t have to worry about touching them. In the next round of organization, I will label and catalogue. Right now, it is all about the scanning.

The above picture comes from the Yegerlehner/Foster pile. I have considered that the girl might be Juanita McCammon or Romaine Mutchler. But I am not sure. The girls’ ages do not quite match up to the time frame. Romaine was born in 1925 so she would have been too young. Juanita was born in 1915 so she would have been too old. The baby could be John or Mark which would date the picture around 1930-1933. The length of the girl’s dress ages her younger rather than older. On the back of the photograph, the printer’s mark is “BROWN the photographer Linton, Indiana.”

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14 thoughts on “Friday Faces of the Past – Unknown girl with baby

  1. davidmadison1942

    “So, I decided I really needed to get cracking on this project. I am not definitely getting any younger and my office is not cleaning itself.” LOL 🙂 Same here.

    The baby could be John.

  2. Mustang.Koji

    You are way ahead of me with the individual sleeves! Until I developed a very painful case of tennis elbow (from clicking the mouse a gazillion times while retouching), I had scanned them unchanged, then rescanned while using the inherent restore program.

    As for your query, if you can clear up the badge on the trike, we may be able to at least get a “taken by at least” date. It does look more fancy than normal, thought.

      1. Mustang.Koji

        I’m sure you knew that already… 🙂 But I did do some very quick research. I can’t make out the trike badge too well but it doesn’t appear to be Murray, AMF, Colson, Hedstrom or Midwest. I’m sure there are at least a dozen other name plates… The trike’s “appearance” appears to say pre-war in my humble opinion but I can be way wrong! 🙂

      2. Genealogy Lady Post author

        That is more progress than I have made. I enlarged the photo and I can’t make out the badge. I don’t know enough about them to recognize any specific one. Thank you so much.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I know there are some great articles out there. I just can’t think of any links at the moment. It is amazing the difference in clarity you will find with some pictures when you go from 200dpi, 300 dpi, 600 dpi, all the way up to 1200dpi. I tend to use the 1200dpi with the really little pictures. It makes me wish I could get more relatives to scan higher when they give me pictures. 🙂

    2. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Also I didn’t really mention it in my piece but if your scanner gives you the option to “descreen,” do that as well. It helps prevent the weird patterning that occurs when you scan (especially in dark areas).

  3. NikiMarie

    I want to do the same thing as you are doing: scan the photographs online. So I’m curious, what kind of scanner do you use and are you using any kind of software program to keep the photos once scanned, organized? I’m just wondering if just saving them to my computer is what I want. I’d like to be able to share them as well with say my Aunt in Washington without much hassle. Any recommendations?

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I have an HP scanner which is a couple years old at this point. If you looking for a new scanner, make sure the software allows you to scan .TIF files as well as a higher dpi. I was just looking at scanners the other day and I noticed some don’t let you scan higher than 600 dpi.
      My computer is still pretty scattered but my current system is to scan, then name, and then save all the .TIFs in one file. If I want to share pictures with relatives or online, I convert them to .JEP format. I don’t have a particular software program that I use other than Microsoft paint which came with the computer. I use it for converting and watermarking. I like that they are free and simple to use.
      I use Back Blaze as an offsite backup. I have it set to backup my computer throughout the day. I don’t use dropbox or the cloud to save anything. I try to keep things as simple as possible.

      If you follow any of the Technology for Genealogy or Organizing Genealogy Facebook pages, there are a LOT of tools and different ways to organize. My advice is just use what you have and find a way to organize that works for you. I struggle with Time Management (I don’t have enough of it). Bells and whistles may work for some but I just need to get it done! 🙂

      1. Genealogy Lady Post author

        It isn’t strictly watermarking. I just use the text feature and place a text box on the picture. It has lots of different font options and I can place the words anywhere I want. I also sometimes use it when I want to label the people in a picture. I don’t do this to the original scan, just the copies. 🙂

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