• Photos & Books

  • About the Work

    Published in 1928, this book consisted of loose pages of printed text and multi-colored pochoirs inside of a cloth-covered folio. When it arrived in our lab, this book needed cleaning and treatment to arrest mold growth on its fore edge and remove the associated staining and odor. Tears and ink losses were also repaired to return this book to a beautiful and functional state.

    • Process

    • Inpainted Ink Losses
    • Neutralized Mold Growth
    • Reduced Mold Odor
    • Reduced Stains
    • Repaired Tears
  • About the Work

    This black and white photograph of Elvis was extensively damaged. Creased, stained, and torn completely in half, this photo also suffered from tape and adhesive residue left on its verso from a previous repair job that was not performed by a conservator. Cleaning, lining, and inpainting done by our conservators helped to restore this piece and ensure its preservation.

    • Process

    • Dry Cleaned
    • Inpainted Emulsion Losses
    • Lined
    • Removed Tape and Adhesive Residue
    • Repaired Tears
    • Boxer-Photo-01
    Boxer-Photo-02
    Stage 1
    Conserved

    About the Work

    Mounted to board, this photograph needed repair to address its cracking emulsion. Our conservators took the photo off the board, reattached fragments where necessary, and inpainted parts of the photo where the emulsion had peeled off.

    • Process

    • Inpainted Emulsion Losses
    • Reattached Fragments
    • Removed Board
  • About the Work

    Part of a scrapbook for much of its life, this signed photograph of Lou Gehrig suffered from multiple tears and losses that had been repaired improperly with tape. Our conservators removed the tape and repaired the tears. After using antique paper to fill the sections of the photo that had been torn away, our conservators hand painted previously lost areas such as the upper left of the photo.

    • Process

    • Filled Paper Losses
    • Inpainted Emulsion Losses
    • Recreated Design through Hand Painting
    • Removed Tape and Adhesive Residue
    • Repaired Tears
    • Autograph-Book-01
    Autograph-Book-02
    Stage 1
    Conserved

    About the Work

    This leather-bound autograph book required repairs to fix its crumbling spine. The book also exhibited multiple cosmetic scratches and blue paint splatters. In addition to repairing the book structurally, our conservators cleaned the book to reduce the paint stains and repaired the scratches on the cover of the book.

    • Process

    • Inpainted Ink Losses
    • Reduced Paint Splatters
    • Repaired Scratches
    • Repaired Spine of Book
    • Chanticleer-Manual-01
    Chanticleer-Manual-02
    Stage 1
    Conserved

    About the Work

    A large, heavy oil stain marred the cover of this car engine manual. To treat this item, our conservators took apart the manual and worked to remove the corrosive stain and flatten the cover's creases before reassembling the preserved booklet.

    • Process

    • Reduced Creases
    • Removed Stains
    • Team-Goat-Photo-01
    Team-Goat-Photo-02
    Stage 1
    Conserved

    About the Work

    This photograph came into our lab on its original board, which was breaking off with age. To treat this piece, our conservators reattached the existing fragments of the original board. They then found an antique board that matched the original and used it to fill the remaining missing areas.

    • Process

    • Filled Board Losses with Antique Board
    • Reattached Fragments