This is a #restored Kodak Kodachrome slide from 1964. It was kept in an old cardboard box that was stored in a dirty barn for decades. It's a shot of my granddad somewhere in east Texas on a deer hunt in November. It was taken by my Uncle Rusty, if I'm not mistaken, with Granddad’s old Canon with a 35mm lens. After I fixed the scratches on the original scan, my job was easy - soft light, good bokeh and lens vignetting, I was also impressed with the old color palette and white balance, and frankly didn't feel the image needed much enhancement. The next images are the originals.
Today's #photorestoration features this snapshot from 1950 in Fresno, California. Seated at the head of the table is Mauro Papagni, an Italian farmer who immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s, and to his right is his wife Angelina (who I remember fondly as Great-Grandma Papagni). They are seated at the table with their kids - the two little ones are my dad and Aunt Sandy seated with their mother (my Grandma Julie). Once I cleaned-up and colored the photo, I recognized what they were having for dinner. Angelina made a supper of macaroni with homemade tomato sauce and a salad with bread. I grew up eating this exact same meal every Sunday evening with Grandma Papagni and the whole extended family, sometimes reaching 25+ members in attendance - it was such a big deal we were even featured in the Fresno Bee. She prepared that meal for her growing family for over 50 years. Amazing. A tradition I'll treasure in my heart forever.