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    Posted 3 months ago

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    Someone here on CW, about a year ago, got me interested in the picture. That member had found it on the back of another picture he had bought.
    On that post, this was not the primary picture shown so, after lots of browsing CW, I have not found that particular post.

    Whoever that was, I want to thank them for making me aware of this picture’s existence.
    I finally got one of my own from an antique prints and map shop in England, so I’m sharing it here.

    In the tiniest of print at top right edge it says:
    Supplement to Myra’s Journal Dec 1899.

    From what I gathered, Myra’s Journal was like the Ladies’ Home Journal or Good Housekeeping magazine of it’s day. The Journal always included a supplement of patterns for making clothes, hats, home goods, framable art prints, and such.

    “A Start In Life” is a touching reminder to me of babies whose deliveries I participated in during my career as an NICU nurse.

    As you can see, the artist’s name is partially cut off….it looks like there is a least one letter after Koppol (or Koppal).
    My searches for artists by that name in the 1800s have turned up nothing.

    I’m hoping someone here on CW can help with the name.
    I’d love to see the original picture.
    The baby’s expression with the glance over it’s shoulder and the hint of a little smile is so sweet. I get the impression he (or she) has just climbed aboard the stork for his turn at traveling into life.

    All comments and help appreciated.

    Update on Mystery Solved by Celiene….the artist is Josef Koppay from Hungary and the actual name of the piece of art is “The Journey Into Life”…….it’s unknown why the incorrect title was printed on the supplement in Myra’s Journal….that has likely created confusion since the 1899 publication which included the framable supplement.
    So a huge THANK YOU to CW member Celiene

    Here’s yet another update: I’m so pleased with the way this picture turned out in a black frame with a double mat of gold and black.
    I wanted the mistaken title that was printed in Myra’s Journal of Dec 1899 to still show so I had the correct title and name of the artist engraved on a plaque and affixed to the frame.

    So, thank you again to Celene for clearing up the mystery. Perhaps I will someday learn where the original picture is located and get to see it first-hand. >>>>wistful thinking<<<<<<

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    1. Rocky22222 Rocky22222, 3 months ago
      why they chose a stock bird for baby's is be on me,...... I mean Why do storks kill their babies
      While stronger chicks are not aggressive towards weaker siblings, as is the case in some species, weak or small chicks are sometimes killed by their parents. This behavior occurs in times of food shortage to reduce brood size and hence increase the chance of survival of the remaining nestlings,.. hope you don't have twins on a slow economy,...
    2. Celiene Celiene, 3 months ago
      Josef Arpad Koppay.
    3. Celiene Celiene, 3 months ago
      Also spelled: Jozsi Koppay. The print is actually called Die Reise ins Leben. (The Journey Into Life)
    4. Celiene Celiene, 3 months ago
      He was Hungary's most famous portrait painter. 1859-1927.
    5. Rocky22222 Rocky22222, 3 months ago
      I see he also painted a picture of Theodore
    6. Rocky22222 Rocky22222, 3 months ago
      might be something here as well fingers cross....smiling
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Celiene, I appreciate this so much….when I first started looking for the print, I was thinking it was called something like Journeying Into Life….So it’s really The Journey Into Life, by Koppay!

      Now I wonder how/why the name of the picture was changed on the Supplement to Myra’s Journal?

      Rocky22222, I think other birds also eliminate the weaker chick to provide resources to the one most likely to survive….Mother Nature’s way, yet it is sad.
      Thanks for your link to Koppay….I will look further at his works tomorrow.

      I really appreciate all this help.
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Thank you, everyone, for the loves!
    9. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Sweet & poignant image, I can see why this touched your heart as a caring nurse, a very special & much needed profession
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Newfld, thank you for the sweet comment….you have made me feel appreciated, even in retirement now.
    11. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      It is well deserved praise Watchsearcher, from the brave hands on nursing care now during covid, to my own personal experiences incl car accident & back injuries, and my mom's 10 yr COPD illness, I have immense gratitude for all nurses everywhere - a huge thank you :) Jenni
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Jenni, you and your mom have had more than your share of health troubles. As we Southerners say, “Bless you heart”. I’m glad there were nurses and others in the medical field who helped you along the way.
    13. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Thank you so much for your kind understanding Patricia, I think we all have our fair share of troubles health & otherwise, as the saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right. And yes I've been blessed to know some wonderful warm hearted people in the medical field who have given alot of comfort & expertise to myself and my family through the years. Now if only we can conquer this covid scourge, how wonderful would that be! Here's hoping, Jenni
    14. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      I second that!!!!
    15. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 month ago
      Thank you to all who “Loved” this picture!

      I updated the photos to show how it now looks framed and with the proper title and artist identified.
    16. Newfld Newfld, 1 month ago
      You did a beautiful job with the matting, framing and credit bar, it looks fantastic Patricia and certainly deserves pride of place in your home. Well done!
    17. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 month ago
      Newfld, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
      I’m actively looking around the house, trying to decide where it can be enjoyed by everyone who visits. :^D

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