Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I'm Turning This Old Photo Into A Poster

This is a picture of my dad.
He was born just outside the city of Amsterdam in Holland
He came to this small Northern town when he was 12.
Can you say culture shock?
It mustn't have been too bad... 
He seems to have fit in just fine here.
Didn't he look like The Fonz?

I'm not sure how old he is in this photo,
but it's one of my all time favourites.
He was the eldest of eight, and has two of his little sisters on the bike with him.
That is their house to the right.

If you look down the alley in the photo, you can see the house across the street 
with the attached porch and then there is another roof line right behind it.
That was The Agronomist's and my first house where Eldest was born.
Fifty years later the area does look different, but still the same houses.
I think that's kind of cool.

I've always had this photo up on the wall somewhere, but I wanted to try something 
different in the basement.
The Agronomist just scanned it for me and I am going to try blowing it up to poster size.
The best part?  It will only cost me $10.

My Organized sister sent me the link for a tutorial at Nothing But Bonfires.
The office makeover is gorgeous.
And my favouirte part is the old photo of her grandmother.

Doesn't it look great?
You can see the whole before and after if you click here.

My sister has an equally cool pic of my mom on a scooter in Bermuda,
She left home at 18 and lived and worked there for three years until she was 21.
That's when she came home to be picked up by my dad at the airport.
And well, as they say... the rest was history.

I have a lot of work to do on the basement.
It's by no means even close to being done.
But I'll start showing you some of our progress real soon.

Have a great day!


PS While my dad may look like The Fonz, I don't want you to get the wrong idea.
      He's also a bit Richie Cunningham... with a little Potsie thrown in for good measure.

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  1. Ummm...that pic is awesome! I want to hang it in MY house!! So cool!

  2. this is awesome. I love this so much!

  3. I can't wait to see this when it's ready.


  4. Great photo that will make one very cool poster!


  5. Oh my gosh! Let me know how that goes....I'd love to transform an old shot of my Dad!!!

  6. You had me at Potsie!!!!!!!! Fantastic picture and what a great idea to blow that sucker UP.

  7. hi dana - i LOVE that story of your first home and that photo - wow! i feel the same connection to old family photos ... a few years back, my mother restored some old pics from the 30's and 40's (my gig's heyday) and now has a gallery wall full of them - they are gorgeous and i must say i have serious gallery-envy ... stunning!

  8. Love that photo and anything that references Happy Days.

  9. I love the idea of turning your photo into a poster. I ADORE old photographs like those. Among many others, I have an old black and white of my parents in Hawaii in 1969, when my dad was on leave from Vietnam, and now I want to blow it up. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Oh, and your daughter's hair is gorgeous in your post above. :)


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