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My Personal Photo Restoration / Investigation

  • March 13, 2017

I am presently trying to track down the who, what, when, and where of this photo I received after my father died in December of 2004. I assume the couple photographed are my paternal, great grandparents but am waiting for confirmation from family. So far, I’m fairly confident of a few things.


The photo was taken by Simon & Murnane at 227 East Market Street, York, PA. You can barely see the name and studio address embossed in the lower right but it’s there. A Google search for the physical address brought me to this Flickr photostream. So I kept digging.


The photo was taken in or around 1911. It would seem Simon & Murnane weren’t just your every day photographers and have been cited in several art books and the Library of Congress. I found this bibliography which brought me to 1911.


Now to find out who they are! Stay tuned.

Shoff Photo Restoration (Before)

Before Restoration

This is what the photo looked like before I cleaned it up in Photoshop. Click it to view a larger version.


Here’s another link to a, kinda, creepy portrait of two girls by Simon & Murnane. I dig it.

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