It’s amazing what we can miss that’s right under our noses. I received an email from my very dear friend Sue in Muskogee, Oklahoma, last week and she shared a great find with me. “Looking through a box of dishes that my Dad left me, I found a stack of old postcards that I've never seen. I can't figure out why I've never looked through this box before,” she said. “Anyway, most of the postcards are old California tourist stuff; but one caught my eye because I recognized my dad as a young man sitting with his father.” It was at that point that her daughter walked in, and Sue told her who the people were. “Mom!” she exclaimed. “Look what they are sitting on!" Sue attached the postcard image, which was in pretty poor condition. However, she pointed out that if I looked very carefully, I could see the loveseat on which her father and grandfather are seated. “It is the exact same one that now sits in my living room,” she recounted. “I knew the loveseat I have belonged to my grandfather's mother who died in 1915, and I suspected the original wood was a dark cherry. (My grandmother had it antiqued in the 1960's). Oh, if only it were a color picture so I could tell what the fabric looked like!”
I know I must have turned a very bright shade of green as I read Sue’s poignant account of finding this photographic treasure. I’ll bet she went into her living room and tenderly touched the loveseat. Here was another piece of photographic provenance that placed the loveseat with her father and grandfather. She also said, “I've never had a photo that I considered spending the money to have restored, but this one might make the cut!” I’d wholeheartedly agree with that decision.
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