I have had this one for what seems like forever. Some of the forum members may recall a few years ago the problems presented with the textured paper with all its highlights etc. This had that and more. I think it was printed on what is called Silk textured paper. Therefore you have a surface that looks like silk cloth. When it was photographed it got its share of specular highlights along with the photos damage.
I forget who was complaining about all the spotting she had to do on a restore a few months ago. I think I have her beat.
Thank you Tess for being patient with me. I have had some heath issue since the first of the year (looks like things are going in the right direction for now), and to top it all off my computer's Ethernet quit working. I have a new computer but also have software issues which will get worked out later.
Anyway back to the restore. As you see in the restored photo it is not complete. Everything is done except the torn off emulsion at the top, and the yellow stain on the viewers right.
My questions there are:
1. I originally thought I could just copy part of the background to cover the top portion of the tear. Viewing at 300% I noticed what looks like flowers beyond the edge of the tear (on the girl's right). So there maybe more flowers attached to this head piece. Can someone check with the family to see if this is so, and perhaps get another photo the shows the whole thing? (Maybe good enough to copy parts. Wishful thinking.)
2. I had similar thoughts for the hair area in front of the hair piece. On further examination there appears to be a bow or something like a bow sticking out from the edges of the tear. So again my question from above.
In the meantime good eagle eyed forum members, look over the rest of the restore and let me know what you think. You will notice some white streaks at the bottom above a "shelf." I am thinking those streaks are reflections from the white surface. The background could be laminated or behind plexiglass or glass to render the reflection.
Restore so far
Thanks for the help.