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Mystery Man

As a hobby I do a little Family-Tree type genealogy and I came across this old photo.  It's not my father but the family resemblance from my father is there.  I look different because of the effects of my mother's and grandmother's genetic influence. I think he's one of the grandfathers I never met.

Here's an extra large view:
Here's the back.  I can't make out the writing but I can see a few Italian words. Some blue numbers are written over part of it.





Here's an extra large view:

Some of the words I think:
"Hope that...this...no...life that...true..."

Mt guess on the numbers on the back:
500, 1072, 1011, 1010
Could it somehow be a phone number?
I don't think it's some coded message.
It was written upside down over the letters with a thicker pen and different ink.


I'm considering having it restored by a professional.  Some sites can do it from an uploaded photo.  That way the original will always be with me.

If I do it myself using Photoshop it will be expensive. GIMP is free.  I'll have to learn what to do with either program.  But it will be a hobby I can use on other images.


15 comments:

  1. I just got back into doing my family tree. Found a page online documenting my dad's mother's mother as she had lot of sisters or something. But it listed she had no children...fail.

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  2. Poor old guy is almost all faded away. Happens to the best of us in time. That sounds like a very good skill to learn!

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  3. It is very interesting John.
    I do hope that you can restore this photo so that the details may become more apparent.

    Have a great weekend~

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  4. Hi John :) That's something else! It's a treasure to find such a photo, I hope you can figure out how to restore it. I'm guessing you have Italian ancestry?

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    1. Yes, both my parents were from Italy(both passed away).
      I was born in Brooklyn, New York.

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  5. To me the numbers look like dates. Could the day, month, and year help identify the man in the picture?

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  6. In a book I saw how a picture was restored.The finished picture was amazing.

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  7. I love old pictures like this, it would be well worth restoring and would be nice to put a name to the face.

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  8. It's fun to find old photos. And it's nice to restore some of them.

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  9. Do you speak Italian yourself, John? Seems to me it would be easier for someone who knows the language to figure out what the writing says. Very interesting! I hope you have good luck with the restoration.

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    1. I can barely understand some basic things but I can't say that I know much.

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  10. Yes, get it restored! He is so handsome!
    Wonderful that you have this photo!

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  11. The restoration of the photo sounds like a good idea. Those numbers are certainly a mystery.

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