Originally Posted by Tony30144
Unfortunately, there are no similar photos in better shape. This is the original.
Tony, are there other photos that show facial features of the woman -- one with her eyes (or even one whole eye) would be very helpful to use to recreate her eyes in this photo. One that shows her mouth -- the shape and size of her lips, etc. Any little piece of another deteriorated photo that looks a bit better than that bit in this photo can be copied and used for this photo's enhancement.
What program are you using for your work? I am using PShop 7, and used the Patch tool to replace some of the skin (it's supposed to retain more of the texture than the healing tool). You may have already been doing a lot of cloning, and you can do that all over the photo also. I used Liquify to enlarge the woman's eyes a bit -- didn't help much, and copied the left side (facing) of the baby's lip, flipped it and turned it to make more of a mouth. Did some dodging/burning all over also. There's a LOT of work to do, but you can keep working on yours and make it better with time. If you have any other photos that can help you add pieces -- use them.
Your image is in grayscale mode -- did you scan it in grayscale or convert it to grayscale after scanning? Sometimes one channel is a bit better than another if you scan it in RGB mode and it is worth trying. Working in RGB mode also lets you use more tools in Photoshop.
I'm sure you'll get more ideas from other helpful folks here. Keep checking and keep working!