Morris Porter (baby) with grandmother Nola (Morris) Wells Jackson.
It doesn’t take much for a family historian to scream. We get excited with every find of a new ancestor, with every little hint to locating the needed historical document, and meeting faraway cousins - all screams of joy, usually followed by our “happy dance.” But we scream the loudest, and of horror, when we pull out that favorite old photo of the sod house, or of a pivotal ancestor and we realize it is fading, and what is left are clear marks of years of abuse. Time to search for solutions to save our family history, and preserve the places and faces for future generations. So what to expect?
- Goal 1 was to bring life back into the photo
- Goal 2 was to display my ancestors on the walls of my 1904 home. (Thought they’d feel comfortable there.)
- Goal 3 was to preserve the original photo. I was welcoming the thought of less hand touching and exposure to the elements, while still sharing with cousins who clearly have the propensity to touch every detail of the original photo in between licking their fingers dripping of Kansas City Barbeque sauce.
Q6. What has been the hardest project and what made it so hard?My hardest project has been the restoration of a damaged picture of a woman, when she was a young girl, with Elvis Presley. Besides the damage, the colors were faded and it was a small snapshot. I knew what a great memory this was for the woman and trying to get the image closer to her memory of the moment was a challenge but I made it happen. I really felt great about her reaction.
I will share additional restorations April 2013.