I recently worked on a very special and interesting photo restoration project. Cris Smith brought in a selection of photographs to restore, and a number of letters to scan. Elmer, a young boy living in New Brunswick, Canada, wrote and sent letters to his mother who had moved to New York City. The letters capture the everyday life in the small farming communities of Wards Creek and Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada.
Cris wanted to preserve the photos and letters for her family and decided that an album would be the best way. After completing the photo restorations and copying the letters, we put together a 68 page album. Needless to say, Elmer was a prolific writer. The album has been enjoyed by family members in the United States and in Canada. Because of the historical interest, a copy of the album is being donated to the Historical Society in Sussex. These handwritten letters written by such a young boy, bring back memories that will be cherished for generations to come. It is sad to think that in the future there will be very few such personal mementos.
Photographic restoration is very rewarding work. Each job is unique with different improvements needed depending on the the original photograph. It might require enhancing the color, repairing cracks, removing stains, replacing missing parts, etc. The goal is to make the new photograph look as close as possible to the original photograph. First a copy is made of the original and then the art work is completed on the copy. It’s fun to see the reaction when a client sees the end results, and it feels good to know that we helped to preserve a part of history.
Send me an email or give me call if you have one or more special photographs that need restoration. We will schedule a time to meet. At that time, we can talk about what can be done to enhance and preserve your photograph. I can then give you a firm quote for what that will cost.