Bringing the Past to Life - Canvas on Demand
I have had several black and white photos turned into colorized images and placed on canvas by a remarkable company by http://www.canvasondemand.com/ ! Here is a great example. In 2009, John McKay of Texas sent me an email and the attachment was a beautiful 1910 photo of Benjamin and Margaret (McKinlay) McKay and their 4 sons and 1 daughter who was my grandmother Agnes Elizabeth McKay.
I was shocked because I always thought my Father James Delos McKay looked like "a Copeland." Instead, this photo was proof that he looked like the McKay family, and even further research shows that this is a McKay and McKinlay combination of handsome men and beautiful women. I gazed at the McKay family photo and said "blood of my blood, these are my people" and "how do I make you come alive?" I am still working on the McKay book and I thought, what would happen if I had the image colorized?
I added a photo of my Dad from 1948 to show how he compared in looks. Well, look for yourself. This looks as if this family portrait was taken today. The dark hair, the blue eyes, the beautiful complexion - all bring this McKay (and McKinlay Mother) family to life! The interesting thing is that when I showed my nephew Delos Thomas Gardner this image, he said, "I recognize all those EXPRESSIONS - even in the women - I have seen them all in my own face!" 100 years later, and the McKay genes are going strong!
Top left to right - Donald Robert, Peter Miller, Walter Scott, and Benjamin Franklin JR
Middle - Agnes Elizabeth
Bottom - inset - James Delos Copeland (son of Agnes Elizabeth McKay and William Quincy Copeland)
Bottom - Benjamin Franklin and Margaret (McKinlay) McKay
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