Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Portrait of a Young Lady

A photograph of Ruth Godfrey (née Cooley) from the 1930s. I have no idea of the process—it has obviously been well worked over: the hair hand-brushed, the eyelashes mascara'ed, the cheeks pinked (and yes, her eyes are blue, but are they that blue?) It looks nothing like any other hand-tinted black-and-white photograph I've ever seen. Must ask Jack to explain . . . I wonder if anyone else at the Senior Center has one like it.

1 comment:

Sara Tucker said...

Update: Ruth says this was taken in the 1940s in a department store in Paterson, New Jersey and sent to her parents in Vermont as a gift. It was discovered some 60 years later in a box of photographs in her younger brother's old farmhouse, the last place her father lived. Jack says it's pretty cool--very detailed hand-tinting, done with an expert hand.