Okay, so as I'm repairing these photos, I've run across a dilemma. Do I leave the photos as sepia tone or do I change them to black & white. I really can't decide. To me, both have their pros & cons. Please give me your advice on how I should leave the coloring.
This is the Butterfield Family. My Great Great Grandparents, Myrtie May & James Butterfield. The girl in the middle is my Great Grandma Helen Butterfield. I don't know the names of the other 3 children. This picture was taken around 1922. Helen was born in 1912 & she looks about 10yrs old in this picture.
This photo was colored by the photographer. I was able to remove the yellowing that was caused by age while leaving the painted color intact. I find it interesting that the photographer chose to paint the one sailor suit yellow while leaving he other suit white. I assume they were both white since the other kids are dressed in white.
*I've since learned that the other 3 children are: James Irwin Jr, Woodrow Wilson & Mary Indiann Butterfield
Sorry this weeks deal is late but I've been very involved with a huge restoration project. So far, I have around 200 photos scanned & most are in need of at least some restoration work. It's a very time consuming job but one that I love doing.
Anyway, this weeks deal is 50% off one photo when you "follow" this blog. For those of you who are already followers (thank you), refer a friends to follow & you'll both get 50% off! Make sure you let me know that you referred them so that I can apply your credit.
I spent this afternoon & evening scanning some very old photos onto my computer. Actually, I'd estimate there are close to 200 photos & I still have another box that needs to be scanned. Many of these photos are near 100 years old & some are even older. I look at these photos, with their cracked & faded images & I feel a reverence to know that these were real people who lived long ago. In some cases, I know their names & maybe one or two things about their life but I will never know who they really were. Their personality, interests, the day-to-day things about them are lost. These photos are the only things, still on this earth, to help us remember them. I want to preserve these photos so that generations from now, people can look back & see that these people did really live.
I never knew my Grandpa Lender. He passed away when my dad was only 4yrs old. My dad has a few pictures of my grandpa but almost no pictures of the two of them together. Earlier this year, I ran across a picture of my grandpa holding my dad when he was only 3wks old. Unfortunately, it had see a lot of rough years & was in pretty bad shape. I decided to fix it up & give it to my dad as a Father's Day gift. One of the challenges was that the original photo was only a 2inch square. I wanted to give my dad a framed picture that he could enjoy so I had to alter the properties just right, so that I could get a larger picture without loosing quality. There was also a lot of damage done to my dad's face which took a bit of time.
In the end, I was able to print the photograph as a 7inch square & I framed it in a 8x10 frame with a black mat. I can't wait to give it to him on Sunday.
This list is mainly for me, so that I can keep track of those who have earned discounts or free stuff from the DEALS of the WEEK. It should also help those who have entered, see if they have won, if they happen to miss the winners blog.
Susan Ossola ... $30 restoration/edit from May 23-30, 2010 drawing *redeemed* Rebecca Gardner ... 50% off from beginning of May *redeemed*
So this week I was thinking I'd offer a buy one get one free on all photo editing & restoration work. Obviously, the free one is of equal or lesser value. Use it to repair old photos from your grandparents or add a new look to your favorite family photos.
Did you know that you don't have to live locally to have your pictures worked on? You can email them to me & I can work from a digital copy. Just scan the image with a 200 - 300 resolution. That way, your pictures will have a high enough quality for larger prints.