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Historical Imaging



Showcasing images I’ve created, composited and/or altered in order to make historical situations, places or circumstances more readily accessible to as many people as possible.

This grew out of my effort–shared with anyone who gets intricately lost in making family trees–of trying to find relevant imagery to use for people of whom no pictures exist (e.g., anyone who lived before the 1840s). But not just relevant, you really want to push it further and find images that are interesting, too. Or at least I do. And accurate, for instance, to the time when a particular ancestor or historical personage might have actually lived or been at a given location. So from these endeavors, the following sampling of images.

First Example

This is Château de Jumilhac, a castle south of Limoges in southwestern France. In the course of working on a friend’s family tree, I learned some of his ancestors had been ChteaudeJumilhacleGrand copyinvolved in actually building it back in the 1200s. (!!) They’d been among its lords, too, for 150 years or so. After first thinking, aha! whatta sweet image to use for that string of ancestors, I learned as I read more about them and it, that the conical rooftops (that will surely strike Americans as quintessentially “fairy-tale”) were added hundreds of years after his family had been on the scene in the depths of the actual Middle Ages. Well I couldn’t use a historically inaccurate image, so I did something about it.

ChteaudeJumilhacleGrandOLD copy



This is much closer to what it would have looked like to the de Bruchard family as they knew it.




An older photograph also lent itself to easy changing:


















So the examples here are each within a category:

  • People & Location
  • Now to Then
  • Obsolete Professions
  • SketchUp 4 Teaching History
  • Now to Then 2 (showing elements)

People & Location

  1. Swedish origin spot of my great-grandmother and 3 generations of her people


South-central Sweden, Vastragotaland.


2. Recent Dukes of Argyll at their seat, Inverary Castle, Scotland

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Now to Then

  1. View from the Mayflower

2. Castle Hornby

On the left, as seen around 1900 (& today); on the right, as it was when my ancestor lived there (incidentally, just about the last–my most recent–ancestor to reside in a castle…500 years ago!)


Obsolete professions

Two variations


SketchUp 4 Teaching History

  1. Construction of the White House (the Executive’s Mansion) in the 1790s in Washington, D.C.

These are views of a multi-layered SketchUp model I’ve built of various stages of the White House’s construction. Here we see the foundation as it was originally laid down in 1791-2. The layers reflect the actual materials, orientation and configuration learned from researching primary source material (such as reports of the crew who laid the new foundations in the 1950s as to what they found as well as reports of Thomas jeffereson, architect Benjamin Latrobe and others involved in the early days of the building). The close-up is the northwest corner, seen from just a few feet south and west of it.


Here’s the southern facade, seen from the southeast, depicted as the Limestone facing began to be mounted on the brick walls.

And the same face seen from the southwest, a little further along in the process:












And here’s the north (properly, the front) as it neared completion. (The portico that we know today  was not added until the 1820s).


Now to Then 2 (showing elements)

Here you can see various elements that went in to the image at the very top of the page (the black & white 1800s looking street).

That’s Liverpool, England. Specifically, Vauxhall Road, looking across it from near where my gr-gr-grandad, a guy named Edward Dunn, had a business in the 1870s, to the intersection with Blacklock Street, toward the site of Vauxhall Gardens, a housing project that was destroyed in WWII during the Blitz just before Xmas 1940.




Composite of contemporary shot (made B&W) with old shot.






Composite of two images; the corner building has been added to the street shot. I then added this with the B&W version of the current corner seen in the shot above this to get the image seen at the very top of the page.

This is the current shot, unaltered.




And the combo with the building destroyed by Nazi bombs in WWII is below again for easy comparison.






Club Chill

Axevalla Hed – Garrison of the Skaraborgs and Västergötland regiments of the Swedish Army


AXE MOREKungshuset

A visual meditation on the couple of things the name “Kylén” would’ve meant to my gr-gr-grandfather, Sven Andersson, when he received it as his soldatennamen (soldier name) when he served in the Swedish Army, probably sometime between 1842 and 1849. Through an incredibly nice guy in Sweden who has it as a last name (for the same reason that Sven’s daughter had it as her last name; ie, his ancestor was given it as a nickname in the army) I learned that it was a word meaning thigh-bone, from the German “Keule”, which has the meaning of “cudgel”, as in a “club”, like a fighting stick. He shared this info with me after consulting an etymology dictionary from the 1800s himself! Cuz up to that point (w/out knowing each other) we both DID know that today, SVEN KYLEN“Kylén” is the word in Sweden for “the fridge”. Yeah yeah, all very funny, but what the hell did it mean in 1842, 80 years b1000px-Skaraborgsgruppen_vapen.svgefore “the fridge” was invented? The legbone-as-weapon sounded pretty good.


But then I looked up more stuff and it might just as well have simply meant “chill”, along the lines of “cold snap” or “icy blast of air”, “coldness”. Imagine a battaliion of 50 guys, the seargent at Axevalla (the garrison where my, and the ancestor of this Swedish fellow I just mentioned, were both stationed [some 30 years apart, though]) barks out a few soldiers’ names: “Sword! Thunder! Evergreen! Lightning!…Chill?…Stick? Cudgel? Coldness? Icy Chill?


<sigh … or is that “brrrrr!”>

So it looks like the quest continues. Here I go trying to find a native Swedish speaker who also happens to know rather a lot about the military history of his country that hasn’t had or been in a war for 200 years, and a bit about the evolution of his language. lol  In the meantime, here’s the picture I made about it all.

So, until later; I’ll just be chillin’ da mos’ all up in here at Club Kylén…