Going through some photos from my ancestor’s time in China, I find it fascinating to scrutinize the contents of those photos that – at a first glance – don’t seem very interesting.
Have you done that? Really looked at the details in a photograph and discovered something that reveals a new dimension?
I had that kind of moment with this photograph:
At first, it’s just a photo of a room at the missionary station. Nothing out of the ordinary. Ok, the daybed is spectacular 🙂
If this photo raises any question, it’s why they put it in an album.
To me it’s a photo you might take to remember what your house looked like, but it’s not one for the album.
But then I saw the people looking at me from within the photo.
They’re on the table, facing outward, towards the person holding the camera (I believe this was Olga, as she took most of the photos).
I believe the two people in this photo are the parents of my great-grandfather Nils. They were farmers in the south of Sweden, and I have never seen them on a photo before.
This photo might actually have been saved for the album for that exact reason – because there were no other photos of my great grandfather’s family…
It’s hard to make out their exact features from enlarging on screen, but it gives me an idea of what they looked like and it represents yet another historical thread that can be woven into the big patchwork that is geneaology.
Now, I hope to find more details like this, and will start working with a magnifying glass – because a very frustrating fact about old photos, is, that they are so small 😊
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