A friend of mine let me restore and old photo of her father (on the far right). And yes that is Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos. My friend was very happy with this but I really don’t like how the shirt looks on the man in the foreground. I will get better at this.
This week I haven’t been working, so I decided to work on a little photo restoration. This is my maternal grandmother as a young woman in 1926. This is at 135 Indian Church Road, the home of her adoptive parents. Her birth name was Bryan, but she was adopted by the Stumpffs before she was five. I love the purse she is holding. She looks quite fashionable for the day. My uncle tells me she was raised in a polite upper middle class home, well cared for, with nice clothes and piano lessons. She reunited with her birth parents after she was married.
There were stains that I removed and played with the contrast. Actually I jacked the contrast, but I like the effect. The image was tilted so I decided to straighten it. I added the deckled frame. If I could I would add the frame to every image. I love deckled edges. The before and after is here so you can see the changes.
There are places in Portland where you can buy photos. I’m not talking about art. I’m talking about dusty file cabinets full of random images. There are people’s family photos for sale. I was in one of these places and found this gem. My friend Michael S. identified the car for me. He says it is a 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV. He says you can see the shape of the hood ornament and the octagon shape of the hubcap, combined with the lack of spokes on the cap. Mike, you’re good. Thanks.
I have no clue who these people are or where this image was taken. (…and Mike if you can identify the people, you would be amazing) That is what makes it so much fun. The car is very likely in a junk heap somewhere, but this image preserves this moment. Our big haired lady is obviously very happy to have her new Continental.
The image was full of fuzz. The photo was certainly printed before the time of canned air. So whatever dust was on the negative at the time was also printed. Through the miracle of Photoshop I was able to bring this photo back. Click on the images for full size.