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Diannah Courtney/Haun and Her Sons

It is important that you see this photo which clearly shows Diannah's hands -- both of them. She is holding that white fan, unfolded; it covers a part of her left hand and wrist. Also clearly visible is the black edge of the fan. This photo was sent to me by Barbara Andruss Irwin of Walnut Creek, California. Barbara is a great granddaughter of Orville Rice Andruss. About thirty years ago, another Andruss descendant named Merriam Kokojan came to the Midwest to research her ancestors. She made a copy of the original belonging to Luther Haun, took it home and made numerous copies for family members, including Barbara. The point here is that both David Hedgpeth and Theresa Duke, Mrs. Duke's daughter, have quoted their experts as saying that the hands had been airbrushed in. I talked to Dino Brugioni, a retired photo analyst for the CIA, and was told that only in the last few decades has the art of airbrushing become so sophisticated that you must look at the negative in order to be able to detect it. This photo was taken in 1915 by a photographer from a small studio in White City, Kansas. That studio has been out of business for many years so there's not much chance of finding a negative. The copy shown here was made from an original about 1975, so where and when, and most importantly -- WHY -- would the family have this done to both originals?

[Diannah Courtney and Sons]




This is an enlargement taken from the photo above, shown here to present a clearer image of Diannah's arms and hands.

[Diannah Courtney's Hands]




In 1973, the photo (above) of the four Haun sons with their mother Diannah was in the possession of Mrs. Eva Haun and her husband, Luther Commodore Haun, Sr.  Luther Haun convinced Eva that she should annotate all her family photos with the names of the individuals. Eva wrote these names on the back of the photo: Theodor Haun, Luther's father; The four sons, Hauns; John Haun; Grandmother Haun, Luther's grandmother.

[Eva Haun's annotations]

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