Category Archives: Photo Restoration

Leaving Parts of Atlantic City in Atlantic City

During a recent visit to Atlantic City, I stepped out upon the balcony of our hotel and was visited by a breathtaking sunset complete with stunning shafts of light piercing the clouds. It begged to be photographed. Sadly I was … Continue reading

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All Aboard!

Another restoration from my collection of old family photos. As usual, it’s an unmarked photo – and I had no idea what kind of uniform he was wearing. Initially, I thought he was a fireman in his dress uniform, but I … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day

A studio portrait of my father’s five brothers who served in the Army and Navy during World War II. This is truly one of my favorite family photos, my uncles are so young and dashing in their uniforms. My Uncle Walter, the … Continue reading

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Avenue Grill Preserved

One of the things I love about South Philly are the mom and pop businesses who go the extra mile to preserve the history of what was there before them. Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting Moonshine restaurant at 1825 … Continue reading

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Man with a Long Coat

Another family photo – I don’t know who he is – yet! Interesting that he’s posed in the photo wearing a long coat with a bowler hat on the table. It reminds me of the beginning of the movie The … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Lady with Hat and Muff

Another restoration from my stock of old family photos. I’m not sure who she is, so I’ll post her in various Facebook groups in hopes that someone will recognize her. It’s a great portrait – a fancy hat, fur trimmed coat, and a … Continue reading

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An Ode to Summer

As Labor Day approaches, another marvelous summer comes to an end – days at the pool, backyard tomatoes, barbecues, mosquitos, and fruit pies. I found this photo in my neighborhood antique store, while sifting through the stacks. It was taken in Atlantic … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Grandmother as a Young Woman

Pardon the James Joyce reference. Another photo of the grandmother I’ve only heard vague stories about from my father, who was six when she died. I love everything about this photo – the pince-nez, her choker necklaces combined with the … Continue reading

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School Photo

This is a photo of my grandfather that I forgot I had. He was born in 1891 – so a guess on my part is that this was taken in 1902 or 1903. What I definitely know is that it … Continue reading

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Arm Wrestling

Another mysterious family portrait, the man in the middle holding the stop watch is my grandfather. The other two guys –  they may be co-workers from American Thread, brothers, cousins, or friends, hopefully someone chimes in. I do love the staged … Continue reading

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Positive I.D.

I’m always posting old family photos with the line “I have no idea who these people are”. People – write down names on the backs of your photos!  Fortunately, I’ve had amazing luck posting my photos to various Facebook groups, … Continue reading

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The Three Graces

Another old family photo from my collection. Again, I’m not sure who these ladies are – however, the woman seated in the middle bears a strong resemblance to my father’s sister Viola. What I find interesting about this photo is … Continue reading

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Arthur Vertefeuille

Among the family photos I’ve restored is this studio portrait of my great aunt’s husband’s nephew.  Photographs taken during this era were staged with painted backdrops, and props like books, courting benches, and tapestry covered tables. Original scan behind the cut. 

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Tintype

Among the family photos I recently inherited – this tintype is the oldest – and in horrible shape. According to Wikipedia: A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with … Continue reading

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