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Cleaning old photographs
« on: Tuesday 12 April 05 21:03 BST (UK) »
What is the best way to clean an old photograph?
Today while hunting for a stopcock  in the back of an attic, I came across a box of picture frames. When I got them out in the light I found they  contained a bunch of family photographs.
There was  a grandfather in WW1 uniform , a great grandfather leading a horse,  a family group  stood around a horse and tub, school photos, chapel congregations, around thirty pictures in all.
Ok, so the mice  have chewed them a little, but only a couple of pictures are missing heads.  My main concern is how do I get rid of the layer of dust and grime that covers them?

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 13 April 05 00:30 BST (UK) »
I've got to tell you kmo that I have never had  this situation before. I did a quick search on the net and came up with this link.
http://www.colinrobinson.com/care.html

I guess If your not confident about  this then maybe you should take them to an photographic store. Or even the local family history library.

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #2 on: Friday 29 April 05 09:55 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the link deadants.
Couldn't get any isopropyl alcohol from Boots, however one of the independant chemists did have some. Not had time to give it a go yet.


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« Reply #3 on: Friday 29 April 05 10:12 BST (UK) »
If your going to do it, may I suggest that you scan the photo beforehand, just in case. How about posting the photo so we can see how much repair work it needs.

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #4 on: Friday 29 April 05 12:09 BST (UK) »
Here's one I'm having problems with. A faint image, I'm having trouble separating from the grey overlayer.

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« Reply #5 on: Friday 29 April 05 12:16 BST (UK) »
Heck that came out big!
The actual picture is around two inches by three!

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #6 on: Friday 29 April 05 18:33 BST (UK) »
Hi Folks

Cropped & chopped with noise removal did most of the work then a bit of sharpen and gaussion blur, I have just spotted a couple clonning stamps.

I prefer the greyscale. what do you think?

deadants how would you go about putting colour into this, with the picture fading out at the bottom, I can only think of placing it in a round frame  :-\

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #7 on: Friday 29 April 05 22:21 BST (UK) »
My attempt

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Re: Cleaning old photographs
« Reply #8 on: Friday 29 April 05 23:27 BST (UK) »
kmo,
You might want to use the blur tool on the outside edges of the person in the photo, it will make it look more natural and not so pasted looking.
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