Identifying an Old Crayon Portrait

By Allison Dolan

This crayon portrait passed from Geri Diehl’s grandmother to her mother, and ultimately came to be in her own collection. She asks, “Could this be the wedding picture of Elizabeth Goza and William Harrington who married in 1846?”

On, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor adds up the clues in the image and gives some cautions for dating hand-drawn portraits based on photos.

Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

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