I’ve been communicating with a woman via Ancestry.com, who is my grandmother’s first cousin once removed. Had to look that one up and I’m still confused by the connection – she would be the child of one of my grandmother’s cousins? I think? My great-grandmother’s brother’s child’s child? Ow. My head hurts.
Anyway, she has a photograph of my grandmother’s parents, my great-grandparents. She scanned it and sent it to me via e-mail. As soon as I saw it I knew I’d seen it before – I believe my grandmother had a copy of this photo, too. Which seems strange to me, for some reason – but why wouldn’t they have made multiple copies of a photograph, even in the late 1890’s?
Anyway, here are Albert Lee J Hill, and Jessie Cantelo Hill, in about 1896.
It cracks me up, how solemn they are. Many times folks didn’t smile for their pictures back then, because a smile is harder to hold for a long time. Back then the film in a camera had to be exposed for a long time in order to correctly capture the image, so folks just assumed a relaxed (seemingly frowning) expression and held as still as they could.
So. Another piece of the puzzle, and probably only interesting to me. Well, heck, my own journal had better be interesting to me, right?