The client brought the pieces of the original photograph to Top Dog in a plastic bag. It was one of the few items that her grandmother took across the Atlantic with her when she immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. The restored image was printed onto archival cotton paper.
The original photograph was mounted onto fabric many decades ago. Later, it was folded up and put into storage. Eventually, the acid from the glue disintegrated the image along the creases. Poor mounting technique and storage conditions contributed to its discoloration and rust-stained splotches.
Although this picture had been framed under glass, it sat on a credenza in an office for nearly 35 years. Constant exposure to daylight along with poor stability of the dyes used in color photography during the 1970s caused this picture's color to shift and fade. The detail in the fish had virtually disappeared. Top Dog's color restoration process brought this image back.
The mother of the family asked Top Dog to combine three photographs to make one family portrait. One of the boys died many years ago and she wanted a picture of everyone together.
The original photo was taken and hand-colored in the early 1900s. Water damage and years of exposure to tobacco smoke, fireplace soot, daylight, and humidity discolored this picture. Sophisticated digital technology, combined with knowledge about how dyes and pigments decompose over decades, made it possible to restore the photo to its original beauty.