Grim Ancestors by ddw

Grim Ancestors

The clean out continues. Today we had a local auction house come to assess (read "sneer") at some of our paltry possessions to see if they were worthy of inclusion in their upcoming sale. It was an odd process. Things I thought were worthless they were all over ... things I thought were noteworthy they sniffed at. I guess they're the experts ... at least I hope they are!

So, here are the grim portraits of my Irish ancestors, Patrick and Honora Murphy from Waterford Ireland, newly arrived in New York City, circa 1880. Patrick was a merchant of some sort. Honora looks a bit dyspeptic to me. The auction gurus weren't interested. Sorry, Patrick and Honora.
Hello Patrick and Honora! I love this kind of old portraits. They are both very striking!
June 8th, 2020  
@kgolab Thank you, Pigeons Farm ... the grim ancestors are currently winging their way to my cousin in Florida!
June 10th, 2020  
How awesome to have these. Auctioneers are interested in money, not history. Very cool to know from where they came.
June 14th, 2020  
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