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Old 05-18-2011, 01:38 PM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

I'm just guessing here, but I wonder if they were printed on a proofing paper that will degrade over time? Having graduated HS in 1969 I seem to remember getting "proofs" to select the final print from. I think they may have been made on a paper that degraded slowly in light? Anyone else?

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Old 05-18-2011, 01:42 PM
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KTG - interesting theory. One I dont know about. I would like to hear more on that if anyone knows.
Lurch - I joined and the emails are pumping in. Im afraid its all for not tho - I have already read one thing about charging me to be able to get photos to work on, thats just not right.
Ive offering a free service and I have to pay to volunteer? Hmm... that photo I think needs restoring too....lol
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:22 PM
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I think KTG may have hit on a possibility. The paper referred to as 'Pop' Printing Out Paper or Studio proof paper. The tone of the paper reddish brown. I believe that if not treated after exposure they would fade. AFAIK treatment consisted of toning then fixing after exposure.
So looks like those images could have been supplied to the client as proofs which have gone where they were meant to go i.e. unusable. Wonder if they actually ordered prints from these?
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:45 PM
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Kate - You should not be charged anything to volunteer or get photos to work on. You can, however, donate (voluntarily, not at all required) to keep the organization alive. And as I remember there should only be one or two emails involved. You may have somehow triggered a boatload of spam . . .
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:19 AM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

Here is my try at one of the pictures.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:38 AM
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I think KTG hit it the nail right on the head. I'm a product of the 60s, too (class of '63) and I remember those proofs well.

I'm a little surprised there's as much image left as there is.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:53 AM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

Just one more thing. High school portraits, in the '60's, were black and white. You could select an oil color treatment (which everyone did) and may have been part of the package. I still have mine along with sepia toned prints. The more I think about it, I believe the proofs were 4X5". There may have been a number on the paper so you could call the studio with your selection. But the proofs would only last a week or so. DC may remember Dellarson Studios in St. Paul, MN
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:58 PM
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Dellarson rings a bell. Mine were by Zintsmaster in Minneapolis, if I remember correctly. Or was it Haga?
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:29 PM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

these are in pretty bad shape. with a ton of time and a healthy paycheck, you'd still be hard pressed to get a decent end result. i contrasted one out and it's not bad on the gown and cap, and even the face shows pupils and nostrils, but the mouth and chin are pretty much gone and you lose almost all shading on something like this. it could be helped a bit, but make sure you give the client a TON of caveats. this is NOT an easy job.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:24 AM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

WOW! just trying to find the image from these old "proofs" is a job in itself
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