film preservation

Stylish Linda Yates in the '50s and '60s

The scanning and editing of the family photos continues!

This week we're sharing photos from the 1950s and 1960s of Jonathan's Aunt Linda Yates. A former beauty pageant queen, Linda was quite good at striking a pose.As you'll notice, she was also very fashionable regardless of whether she was standing beside the car in the hot sun or kneeling beside her nephew Greg. 


On the phone.

details of the time

Part of the fun of old photos is studying the details of the time -- the clothes, hairstyles and settings. Even the expressions on the subjects' faces add to the story! These little details keep the history of a family, time and place alive. It is an honor for us to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

The top two photos are of Jonathan's great-grandmother Eliza and her family, and the bottom photos are of Eliza's daughters -- Linda and Sadie, Martha and Sadie, and Linda, Sadie, Martha, Olivene, Lois and Cass. They are pictured with Eliza's husband and their father, Clovis Yates. 


You might notice that the top photograph has some spots and a tear in it. I personally find decaying photographs to be quite beautiful, but as a preservationist, I scan the original image and save two copies -- one in its lovely original state and one that I've restored. The photo below gives an example of how a restored photo can look. This is a pretty simple restoration -- I didn't remove every little imperfection -- I just cleaned up the big spots and fixed the tear. If you have questions about photo preservation and restoration, feel free to contact me directly or leave a comment below!


The Heritage Photography Collection

Just in time for Mother's Day, Gerald & Joan is excited to introduce the Heritage Photography Collection.

In addition to our film and photo preservation services, we now offer professional-quality, vintage-inspired photo printing featuring a variety of finishes -- glossy, linen, matte and metallic photo papers, various borders and sizes and a variety of editing treatments including converting your photos and film to black and white, sepia and custom colors. Whether your images have been in your family for decades or they're new heirlooms, we will ensure they'll be a part of your story for generations to come. Our favorite sizes are 4x6, 5x5 and 5x7, but custom photo sizes and packages (of two images or one hundred!) are also available.

Not sure which treatment works for your images? We would be happy to recommend a plan that fits your images and your budget! Contact us today to learn more.


the yates family in the 1950s


You might remember our previous post about Sadie's parents, Clovis and Eliza. I love these photos taken with some of their children, grandchildren and children's spouses in the mid 1950s. The photos tell so much about who they were -- hardworking Christian people who were very devoted to their large family and each other. After Eliza passed away in 1959, the family remained close-knit. The photo below is Clovis and his daughters Kass, Lois, Olivene, Martha, Sadie and Linda. The bottom photo is Clovis with Sadie's first grandchild and my husband, Jonathan.