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I want to begin by dedicating this Website to my daughter Claudia Catherine Schmitt Micare.  Claudia lives in NY and is a collector of antique photographs.  She allowed me to have some of these photos on loan and it was a delightful time I had restoring them. This Victorian Lady's hat, with the stuffed bird on top, was the style of the period during the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 - 1901.  It was certainly a difficult time for birds.  These bird hats including ostrich feathers were all the rage.

A formal picture of these men in this antique photograph.  The Derby hat originated in England in the 1800s.  These men are in their Sunday best.

This is a typical stylized  picture of a woman reading a letter from her lover.  His picture is below by her feet.  The newspaper is an interesting prop.  I tried to enlarge it and rotate it upside down to find out if there was a reference to the picture.  The only thing I could make out was that it was the Chicago Tribune.  This is a Cabinet Card c. 1837 when it was introduced.  Reached its peak of popularity in 1880. 

The clarity of this photograph is astounding.  See the two boys on the bridge?  This reminds me of Tom Sawyer.  My hat is off to the camera and I would guess it was an Albumen (egg white) print invented in 1850.

   
Below was an enormous challenge.  It was a framed two and a half inch square portrait on a Daguerreotype,  a direct positive made in the camera on a silvered copper plate.   It was a surprise because the original did not show the stern look on this woman's face.  The client who asked me to restore this picture said she has an "evil eye."  I think she's right.

This happy skating duo c. 1926 makes me happy to look at it.  I like the quality and clarity of the ice with their shadows.

Three silly girls in the Victorian Era.  They had a good time in those days.

I think this is my favorite picture.  It is very old but the client remembers one of the children.  Again it was a professional photographer who took this picture and it survived the ravages of time.  The boy is dressed in ruffles and notice the high button shoes on the children.

This makes me laugh.....hopefully it is what it was supposed to do.  I am intrigued by the girl on the right.  Look at her eyes.  The fellow with the fan also funny.  Having one's picture taken in the old days must have been more fun than it is today.

No denying these three are related.  This is a generational picture for sure.  I wonder if the young man seated ever grew a beard in his old age.  Grandfather, father, and son all have the same head shape.

There is something about Civil War photographs that makes me want to tear up.  It was one of our country's worst wars.  Brother against brother.  This Union Soldier has such a weary nobility on his face.  I feel his pain.

Three Gibson Girls (you can tell by the hair styles) c. 1890s.  I fantasize that these girls may have worked in a garment factory and are taking a lunch break by dipping their piggies in the stream.  Photographs are wonderful because they are the only thing that can stop time.

Below is Granny with her favorite companions. She must have had a hard life by the look on her face. Certainly a no nonsense look. The times were hard back when Granny was alive.

Below, Arc de Triomphe.  Picture by Charles "Tooney" Olinde.  I was amazed how this restoration brought out the detail of the sculpture.  This famous monument which honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, has the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

I was intrigued with this photo.  It is much improved from the original. Interesting pose.  Headpiece worn in the Victorian Era.  Women carried a parasol as part of their costume.

My friend Tooney gave me this picture to restore.  The original had mold spots covering the arms and just about everywhere on this picture.  It is a picture of Tooney's mother (left) and Aunt Cile in World War II.  Aunt Cile helped break the Japanese Naval Code which was a turning point in WWII.

This is Gerry's family. I had an old slide (left), you couldn't see much from this slide. The restoration brought back many happy memories of my daughter Eva's first birthday. Good to have this restoration of my mother, grandmother, aunt (all deceased). A Schmitt family heirloom for sure

I mentioned Tooney in the Arc du Triomphe and WWII girls in the pictures above.  This is Tooney's great great Grandfather.  He lost his leg in the Civil War at Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles.  It was a difficult restoration from c. 1860.  The restoration reminds me of a Lithograph

Another Cabinet Card.  The design in the mother's dress is so clear.  The child is very sweet.