George Crackett – Wedding portrait 1915
In my Editing Ellenor post I showed original and restored versions of a wedding portrait for my Granny Crackett (Ellenor Turner). I have also used the same restoration board on rootschat to ask for help with a restoration of her other half. The original photos were the size of a postage stamp. My granda’s photo had a badly damaged surface and was missing part of the left arm. Once again I have been impressed by the offers of help and quality of the restorations.
George Crackett – restored 1
I am undecided about which of two restorations I prefer so I am going to show both of them here (if I can figure out how to do that without the whole post looking very messy).
If you would like to see all of the restoration suggestions then take a look at Restoration – Wedding Portrait GC.
George Crackett – restored 2
Something which has surprised me about this is seeing that my granda was actually quite a good-looking young man. He also appears to the far right in the banner photo at the top of my blog. To see him as a boy and as the old man I knew take a look at my 26 May post 122 years ago today.
Drop me a comment to let me know which of the restorations gives the best rendition of the original.
Ellenor Turner – Wedding portrait 1915
I have a postage stamp sized photo of my granny Ellenor Turner on her wedding day in 1915. This picture has suffered the ravages of time and after 97 years the emulsion is badly scarred. I was contemplating taking the photo to a professional photographer for restoration, but decided to investigate other options first. I was lucky enough to find a restoration thread on rootschat and having tried it out I am amazed by the results. The original is on the left.
Ellenor Turner – restored
In the restored version on the right it surprised me to see that my granny was actually quite a “bonny lass”. I selected this one as the restoration that was closest to the original features. If any of you are interested in seeing the alternative restorations, including a colour portrait, that were offered take a look at Restoration – Wedding portrait ET on rootschat.
Granda George Crackett – taken in the yard at Church St.
My paternal grandfather George Crackett was born 26 May 1890 at Choppington in Northumberland. George’s parents Leonard Crackett and Mary née Parkinson baptized him in the Primitive Methodist Church on 18th June 1890. In 1915 he married Ellenor Turner of Amble, my grandmother, and they spent the whole of their married lives there. They had three children, my Dad George William, Sydney and Evelyn.
Crackett: Granda George and 3 of his sisters
This second photograph shows Granda George as a young lad with three of his six sisters (Elizabeth, Nellie, Bella, Dorothy Ann, Jane and Mamie). He also had 3 older brothers (Jack, Will and Len). I am guessing he may have been about 10 at the time the picture was taken.
My granda died in 1978 at the age of 88, having outlived granny by a couple of years. He was a keen gardener and man of few words. I remember when I was 11 having to do a little family tree as homework from school. I asked him what his mother’s name was and he answered “Mam”. Fortunately, my granny knew that her mother-in-law had been called Mary so I was not stuck with a complete blank.