The first photograph didn’t start off funny; in fact it’s a little sad due to its deteriorated condition. However, after some … shall we say “inexpert”? … photo restoration by a family member (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty), it has become hilarious!
I’m afraid that I don’t have a copy of the entire picture in its original state, but the first stage of editing gives a good idea of the unaltered condition. It depicts my husband’s great-grandparents, Joseph and Genevieve (Perone) Sciolaro, and their two oldest children, taken circa 1900 in Kansas City.
The next version shows what a deft hand can do with a digital photo-editing program … or not! I think the idea was to use a mid-twentieth-century photograph of my mother-in-law’s face to reconstruct that of the grandmother for whom she was named. However, the results are not quite all that one could hope. As for the molded plastic hair effect, I’m not quite sure how that came about, to say nothing of the zany eyes!
It’s hardly noticeable compared to the spectacular effects achieved on his wife, but the whites of Joe’s eyes have been enhanced, the color of his tie and shirt have been changed, and he’s gained a really broad right shoulder. Having viewed this spectacular case study, let’s repeat together: “Friends don’t let friends use Photoshop on old pictures!”
The final photograph I have to share is of my husband’s great-great-grandmother, Catharina Elisabeth (Ernst) Pinnecker. She lived her entire life in Volga German communities in Russia, but several of her children migrated to Kansas in the early twentieth century, including the daughter who bore her name and became my husband’s great-grandmother.
My husband is an excellent storyteller, and is known for a fair degree of exaggeration. When he told a group of people about his ancestress looking like Bob Hope in a headscarf, I feared that people would dismiss this expression as yet another bit of hyperbole. Thankfully I was able to pull up a picture of this lady on my cell phone so that they could see the truth of his claim. She doesn’t have the comedic great’s famous ski slope nose, but the overall effect is spot on!
Happy belated April Fools’ Day to all … and thankful are we, indeed, who have old family photos to laugh over!