Read about us in the Your Family History Issue 22 December 2011 its out now!
Read about us in the Your Family History Issue 22 December 2011 and a lengthy article dating and restoring photos as well as catching up with Genealogy news and hints and tips. One lucky reader had their prized and only photo of them from their childhood, restored by image-restore. See the result sin the magazine or scroll back through my FB wall https://www.facebook.com/photorestorationrepair to find it! Thanks to Your Family History Magazine for the opportunity and I hope we can work together again in the future.
In order to make a daguerreotype, iodine fumes are used to react with a silver-coated copper plate to form light-sensitive silver iodide. The plate is then exposed to light using a box and lens or camera and the image developed using mercury fumes, before being fixed in a warm solution of common salt. This was quite a lengthy process and the exposures were very slow, as plate was not that sensitive to light as we know photography today. The daguerreotype process was very popular during the first half of the 19th century, is was soon after replaced with faster and less complicated but safer techniques.
Old Daguerreotypes had to be protected by a glass font and sealed to prevent the image getting damaged, The image itself is a thin coating of deposits on the copper plate and can easily be ruined with a simple finger touch. Think of the image rather like candle soot on a glass tile, a very fine power that can be smudged with the lightest of touches.
I recently restored a Daguerreotype for a customer of mine.
Several scans of this beautiful little old Daguerreotype were needed. It measured around 5 centimeters tall and was encased in a red velvet and brass case, with a glass sealed glass panel protecting the image. The scans were combined to give the best image to start the restoration process.