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Old 10-04-2017, 07:51 PM
knrivers knrivers is offline
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Question Help Restoring Historical Newspaper Photo


I'm the historian for my church. The only image of one of our founders is, unfortunately, from a 150-year-old newspaper (that I have not been able to get an original copy of)... So, I'm hoping you may have ideas on how to improve the quality of this photo --enough so that we might end up with one suitable for framing--. Alternatively, if we can get the image cleaned up enough to use as a model for a painting, then I may try to paint a portrait of her for the church.

I've posted the image here:

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

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Old 10-07-2017, 05:50 PM
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Re: Help Restoring Historical Newspaper Photo

Kristin, Welcome to RetouchPRO
Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends.
Poke around, have fun!
Speaking of a painting...... that would probably be your best bet
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:02 PM
John Wheeler
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Re: Help Restoring Historical Newspaper Photo

Hi Kristin
Some improvement can be made by removing the newspaper print speckling yet its not going to get a ton better.
Personally having done a lot of genealogy, you would likely be better off getting a high quality digital copy.
The location of the image is in her obituary here found with a google search:
Death of Mrs. Sarah M. Overton is Loss to the Community”
San Jose Mercury Herald
08-30-1914; Volume LXXXVI,
Issue 61, page 5.
Most of the archives are available through request by calling the right people or through an online service e.g. Library of Congress. Here is a link that might help:
Good luck with your project.
John Wheeler
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