Antique Photos

26 Feb
Antique Photo

Antique Photo

Antique Photo

Antique Photo

My friend, Peter Dawson, does professional antique photos.  We spent a marvelous afternoon with his wife, Jeanne, one day recently, horsing around with costumes and  old farm machinery at a museum in Simi Valley.  I don’t know what non-creative people do to amuse themselves, but we sure had a good time.

The rusty equipment reminded me of my grandfathers’ stuff.  I remembered as a child spending happy hours astride a mechanical corn sheller, I guess the Post War version of a Hot Wheels.  If you want to learn more about Peter’s work, you can email him at or visit his website at


Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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9 responses to “Antique Photos

  1. Bruce McGovern

    February 26, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I know how to fix that photo on the right, but have no idea how to make it.

    Here in rural Mexico, I do a lot of photo work. Not high quality photos with a multi-thousand dollar camera. I use my Wal-mart Canon A470 and take snapshots. Photos cost a fortune out here, over $2 for a 4X6 snapshot so there are few pictures printed. Except I drive into Sam’s Club in Tehuacan and pay around 11 cents a photo. which is what the woman in the local photo shop does, then marks them up around 2000%.

    Just today I visited a friend, and her MIL asked me to print two pictures from a wedding. I looked at her flash drive, and she had 140 photos on it, not one has ever been printed. So, I am going to make her a present of the best photos in that drive which somehow leaped into my laptop.

    But, relevant to your posting, I started a genelogical project on my wife’s ancestors. I have found a number of 19th Century photos that people have, and I scan them and make lots of copies for all the family so no more family history gets lost.

    An elderly rich woman had a whole box of ancient photos, and one day someone laughed at a photo of Esperanza P. in bloomers. It angered her, so she burned the whole box of photos. Come on, what sane person doesn’t laugh at bloomers? Anyway, my goal is to see such a tragedy never happens again.

    A year ago, I came up with a small photo of my wife’s great-grandpa, Emigdio P. He died in 1897, and in that photo he was a very handsome man in a very good suit. The whole family was stunned to learn a photo of him existed. What I want is a photo of his wife, that he married when she was 14, in 1890.

    And, yes, many of these photos need extensive repairs after I scan the photo. I use GIMP, the free photo editor.

  2. Ellen Bowers

    February 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Thanks for writing, Bruce. I always enjoy hearing your perspective. Yes, those old photos are treasures, especially capturing those images of people we think of as old in their blooming youth. I hope you find a photo of the great grandma who married at 14.

  3. alicetoohey

    February 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Love those photos, Ellen! Totally authentic.

  4. jenn

    February 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    love it. where’s the one with you & a shot-gun?

    • Ellen Bowers

      February 27, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Hi, Jenn. Maybe a little skittish about guns with so much of that in the news. The photographer says he’s pretty careful about using guns as props. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. janetrobison

    February 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Love the photos! He did a great job, and you look fabulous!

    • Ellen Bowers

      February 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Thank you! Peter does wonderful work.

  6. Anonymous

    March 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I like the one of you with an umbrella on Peter’s website. How fun!

    • Ellen Bowers

      March 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Ingrid. Peter was fun to work with.


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