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Woman Finds Family Portrait
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by Bob Brooke


Some 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 photographer’s sample.

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 circumstances.

"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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