I'm in love! Young boy's portrait that has a lot of Searcy AR history!

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young boy picture searcy history wm walker Jimmy Gill

I'm in love!!

I entered an estate sale, looked over things, and saw this picture!  OMG, I fell in love with it immediately.  This picture portrays the epitome of love, trust, innocence, and anticipation.  It is quite old and must be a colorized picture of a black and white photo.  Back then color photography was not the norm.

So here is where Searcy AR history comes in.  It is signed Wm Walker, Searcy ARK.  William Walker was a successful and beloved Searcy photographer.  If he put the color on the photo, he was also an artist.  Here's his signature from the photo.

William Walker Searcy AR photographer historic picture

Another person who is very well remembered in White County was from Judsonia and he framed pictures.  His name was Jimmy Gill and he put his sticker on the back of the frames.  Each one that I have seen was interesting because he was using wallpaper (probably old pieces from somewhere) to cover the back of the framed item. Here is his sticker on the back of this portrait. 

Jimmy Gill Judsonia AR frames Searcy AR

Perhaps best of all is the person who owned this portrait has given it to me!!!   Thanks!

Comments (9)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. You are an excellent recipient since you appreciate the history. Enjoy your day.

Feb 08, 2021 05:32 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Great post . A good way to start out the week! Thanks for sharing!

Feb 08, 2021 05:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - they say every picture tells a story.  This one has obviously struck a chord with you.  A nice bit of Searcy Arkansas history along with some nice photography background too.  

Feb 08, 2021 06:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

How wonderful that you were given that photograph after falling in love with it! I've seen pictures with wallpaper on the back also - That was an interesting way to use wallpaper!

Feb 08, 2021 06:37 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Wayne, I am appreciative!

Joe, it was a pleasure to post him.

Michael, thanks for commenting.

Kat, I hope someone will tell me more about colorized photos.

Feb 08, 2021 06:56 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Yes there's a lot of professionalism in that picture. Getting a kid to pose is half the battle. Colorising is definately an art. I like to think that computer graphic editing is art also. I do that a lot.

Feb 08, 2021 08:49 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I always have a sadness when I view photos like that one at estate or yard sales.  How could something so sweet and personal be left to leave the family.

Feb 08, 2021 07:07 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, I'll bet you can tell me how they did the colorizing.  What media?  Watercolor, oil.....The paper appears thin so how did it work?  Computer graphic must be difficult....but not to a Don Thompson!!!

Feb 09, 2021 05:35 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Myrl, I consider old family photos treasures!  

Feb 09, 2021 05:35 AM

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