Old Photo Album #11 is coming this weekend. This one has been a real challenge. I have spent almost every free moment I’ve had this week just scanning, cropping, editing and filtering these photographs. This album is (or I should say WAS…read on) filled with mostly black & white, very very old photos, some of which have faded almost completely to white. They kind of turn a ghostly grey shade, with an almost invisible image on the paper. Luckily, applying a few filters pulls much of the photo back, restoring it enough to be recognizable. That is, if you know the people or places in the photo already. And, for many of these, this has been another part of this album’s challenge–trying to identify everyone. You’ll find plenty of photos titled “unknown” in this album. There were so many, in fact, that halfway through scanning the album I decided to go the extra mile on this one and fully disassemble the album to get to the backs of each of the photos, hoping there are written names and details on them identifying everyone. That turned out to be the case in about 1/2 of the photos, so it helped quite a bit, but left me with a ruined album. The originals are mostly destroyed. Peeling them off the sheets ripped many of them apart. I figured this might happen, which is why I made sure I had good scans of every photo before I attempted this.
So, at this point the album is at just over 200 photos in size, with still probably a couple dozen or so that are still “unknown”. Most others had some writing on them, so I added that to the captions, as well as filling in my own details from memory whenever it worked for me. Some of the photos are only about 1/2 the size of wallet-sized, so they can be pretty tiny. I have about 10 more double-sided pages to edit and save, and the amount of photos on a page varies a lot from 2 or 3 bigger photos to 10 or more small ones, so there may be 300+ photos in the album by the time I’m done.
I should be able to complete it this weekend though, and get everything posted. So, as I’ve asked in the past, if you know anyone in them that I haven’t already identified in the titles, please add a comment to the photo.