I just came across these photos of my grandparents taken when they were young. in fact, I think it very likely these are the earliest pictures anyone has of them, and I would estimate they date somewhere between 1913 and 1916.
The images were scanned into my laptop using the scanner built into my HP printer. They’re scanned at 200dpi, not quite as high quality as I’d like to see them, but even at this resolution they are each over 2mg in size.
I’ve saved them in TIF/TIFF format, which is how I save all my important photos as it results in the smallest compression and least degradation of the original image as I work on it and move it from place to place on my laptop and jump drive and then upload it this blog, or some other place in the Cloud for safe keeping.
The photos are nearly 100 years old and show their age. I’ve done what I could with them during the initial scan, but they both need some restoration work as Granddad has a few scratches across his face and Grannie’s photo in particular is badly faded and cracked.
The kind members of the Rootschat community are wonderfully generous with their time and are always willing to give an old photo special attention to help it along its way back to its original state. I’m going to post these to the restoration forum now and see what they can make of them.