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Restoring family photo

Photo restoration, restoring family photo.

A photo of my Father, probably taken around c1940 or maybe a little earlier. As a family we never got the old photos out to browse through them, or maybe it was me that wasn’t interested as a kid. Either way my dates and recollections of early pictures are very weak in my mind and unfortunately there is no one around to ask any more. This photo is one of my favourites and was showing all the signs of aging by way of deteriorating contrast, faint scratches and inclusions. I had a quick go at restoring it with the intention of getting back to it when I have more time, but that is always the problem, more time.
You’re looking at three stages here, the first being the original, second is part restored, and the third of course is the outcome so far. There’s nothing really difficult in this restoration, it just needs about another hour or so to give it that final bit of oomph. Normally I would advise not going too far with a restoration but in this case a nice clear finish would satisfy my needs.
I like it, hope you do to, it was well worth restoring.

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Royton Bogie

Royton kids on a bogie.

Well these guys look like they are having fun. The photo of them on a bogie was sent to me for restoration after the lady had already tried elsewhere. She told me that the original restoration she had done resulted in the children looking like aliens and that she had refused to pay for it. Oh dear, what was I to do?
As you can see the original photo has lots of damage with some areas having no detail left to foil any chance of recovery. The main criteria for this restoration was to bring back those happy faces and not starting a new race of alien beings which, quite rightly, the customer would not accept. I managed to add some bits & pieces from other photos to fill up the blank areas such as masonry, wood and a similar wheel which I had to manipulate to help match up with the others. There’s a lot more could have been done but as always I try to keep the cost down and the customer was happy the way it’s turned out, so I’m happy too.

Royton Bogie kids havinf some fun

Royton Bogie

Royton Bogie kids having fun

Royton Bogie restored

Haggate, Royton.

The Haggate, Royton.

The two photos you see here are of the Haggate, Royton perhaps in the 1930’s era and situated on Middleton Rd looking West. The Photo Restoration was one which I have done for myself as I live in Royton and very close to where this picture was taken. I only restored it up to an appropriate level because it’s so atmospheric, too much work would have spoiled what captivates you in the first place.
For those of you that know the area you are looking towards the Chadderton, Middleton border down Middleton Rd. In the distance, the last house you see on the left is now Haggate (Rd) where the local pub is, and just after the bend you would find the Haggate shops on the left.
The three boys to the left are standing on Highlands Rd, and the opposite side shows Mill Lane which is now a footpath (I doubt it was much more than that in the first place).
Just as a matter of interest, I never realised how old Fry’s Chocolate was, surprisingly Fry’s was founded back in circa 1759 by Joseph Fry, a Quaker. I always thought it was something new around the mid 1950’s and an alternative to having Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate every week. Maybe it was more expensive so my parents would have only treated me with the least cost to their pockets. Because it’s such a large part of this photo there’s a list of dates relating to Fry’s at the foot of this page.
In the Galleries tab, Yesteryear Then & Now, have a look at what this place looks like today or click this URL http://photo-restore.me.uk/?page_id=68

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Joseph Fry
circa 1759 — Joseph Fry, a Quaker, starts making chocolate

  • 1761 — Joseph Fry and John Vaughan purchase the chocolate business of Walter Churchman. Company named Fry, Vaughan & Co.
  • 1777 — Chocolate works move from Newgate Street to Union Street, Bristol
  • 1787 — Joseph Fry dies. Firm is renamed Anna Fry & Son
  • 1795 — Joseph Storrs Fry assumes control. He patents a method of grinding cocoa beans using a Watt steam engine. As a result factory techniques are introduced into the cocoa business.
  • 1803 — Anna Fry dies and Joseph Storrs Fry partners with a Dr. Hunt. The business is renamed Fry & Hunt
  • 1822 — Dr. Hunt retires and Joseph Storrs Fry takes on his sons Joseph, Francis and Richard as partners: the firm is renamed J. S. Fry & Sons. The company becomes the largest commercial producer of chocolate in Britain.
  • 1835 — Joseph Storrs Fry dies and the sons take full control.

Reconstructing my old school

Eustace Street school.

For many years I’ve meant to get down to reconstructing Eustace Street school by way of old photo records and anything else I can get my hands on. My old infant and junior school was unfortunately demolished before I could get some pictures and maybe even get a peek inside which was a tragedy in itself but then I found absolutely nothing on the internet either. Eustace Street school now demolished left me gutted as the only photos I personally had were of the rear yard where the school annual photos were taken.
I stumbled on some photos a councillor had taken of it in a derelict state which gave me the idea of Photo Reconstruction. Not easy to do and quite time consuming but I will complete this venture eventually.
The idea is to pinch stuff from other schools of similar age, copying windows, doors and walls etc and making my old school look like I remembered it. Photo reconstruction has now a whole new meaning to me.

The first picture is of the junior Girls & boys entrances and as you can see it’s badly neglected. Second photo shows some work I have done on it and the third a heck of a lot more. There’s a lot more to do and only time will tell if I get there in the end (I’m sure I will). Come back another day and search Eustace street school.

Recontstructing Eustace Street school

Recontstructing Eustace Street school

Recontstructing Eustace Street school

Recontstructing Eustace Street school, stage 1

Reconstructing Eustace Street school

Reconstructing Eustace Street school, stage 2