Scratched photo by Royal appointment
A scratched photo can be quite a common occurrence, especially when dealing with old photos.
Age is normally a big factor. A photo that’s eighty years old is far more likely to have scratches, tears and damage than a photo that’s ten years old, mainly because it will have been handled more and exposed to external damage possibilities over a longer period of time. Another factor is the type of printing paper used on older photos. They tended to have a matt type finish that was way more susceptible to damage than the modern equivalents, which made them far more prone to scratches.
However, being a photo restoration service, there’s good news. A scratched photo can be restored to look like new.
The extent of the scratches on the photo will obviously play a part but even with extensive scratching to a photo the only thing that will really be an issue is the amount of time it takes to restore.
So for this week’s photo blog we’ve provided a scratched photo with a bit of prestige – A scratched photo of Prince George, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the Mayor of Birmingham.
Prince George was the younger brother of King George VI, making him Queen Elizabeth’s Uncle. Described as a socialite and a bit of a playboy his life was tragically cut short in 1942 at the age of 39 when he died in a plane crash during World War 2.
Neville Chamberlain was the Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940 and oversaw the discussions and issues that brought about World War 2. In May 1940 he moved aside for Winston Churchill, who went on to famously lead the war effort. Chamberlain died from cancer six months later.
Considering the above, we can safely assume this scratched photo was taken in the 1930’s, making it approximately eighty years old.
Describing the photo you can see the scratch across the middle of the photo and other imperfections around colour fade to the photo and a few other areas of damage.
In the restored photo below you can see the scratch has been completely removed from the image and we’ve improved the clarity and tone as well, essentially providing an eighty year old photo a new lease of life and making it look like the day it was taken. Which at the end of the day, should be the aim of any professional photo restorer.
What this blog post demonstrates is that even damage to a picture that consists of a deep scratch or scratches across a photo can be repaired.
In reality there are very few photos that can’t be restored, whether it’s scratch damage, torn photos, staining or creases. So don’t despair, us photo restorers have magic in our fingers.
by Brent Di Cesare