Woman Finds Family
at Antique Show
people look for old portraits, whether paintings or photographs, at
antique shows so that they can build up a collection of "instant
ancestors.’ Adele Golden of Glenside, Pennsylvania, didn’t have to
look for instant ancestors. She found the real thing.
While browsing the booths at the
Corpus Christi Antique Show in Gywnedd, Pennsylvania, Golden came across
a large photographic portrait of her father, Harry Apfelschnitt, posing
with her grandparents, Max and Dora Apfelschnitt, around 1902.
"I was surprised to see my father
and grandparents because I thought I had the only copy," she said.
"This one is better than the one I have. It must have been
restored." Golden thinks the photograph may have been used as a
Golden immediately purchased the fine
photograph, set in an ornate walnut Victorian frame, for $65 from the
booth of Quakertown Heirlooms. Owner Thomas Canfield said he remembers
buying the portrait at an estate sale but couldn’t remember the exact
"My father had a brother who
lived in New York," said Golden, "but he never mentioned ever
having such a portrait." Now that two of these photographs have
appeared, Golden gave the one she purchased to her brother so that he
would have one, too.
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