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Most of the problems are coming from the paper texture, or, rather, from the way the scanner's light source is reflected by the texture. You can minimize that by scanning the photo in several different orientations: vertical; vertical again, but upside-down; horizontal; and horizontal the other way around. Each of those scans will put the highlights of the ...


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You don't need to close the lid. Leave it open and use a large book to press the photo. Don't choose a too heavy one or the glass will bend slightly. With the lid open the only difference is that empty areas are black an not white. You can MAYBE soften the prints by leaving them in a very humid (I mean almost saturated) container, but avoid condensation ...


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Clothing, hair, makeup, facial hair, furniture, cars, landmarks, etc... those can all be used to make an educated guess. Although we can't see all of that in this image. Beyond clues in the image content itself, nailing a specific creation date of a scanned image will be difficult. Someone might have an idea of the film used if it was shot on film, but ...


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The number is called a "twin check". A number was assigned the roll of film. Usually assigned in the order opened at the sorting table. The prints made from that roll are given the same number. The 3R stands for 3X enlargement rectangular. This is likely a 3 1/2 x 5 inch print.


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Are you thinking of capodimonte porcelain figurines, such as this one, based on a sculpture by Italian Bruno Merli? The only thing I can find that comes remotely close as a monochrome photo is this picture of Prince Leopold, (1853 - 1884), (second from left), the youngest son of Queen Victoria, playing cards at Oxford. He was created Duke of Albany in ...


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If the prints are known to be fiber based photographic paper: Wash the print in running water. They will soon lose their curl in just a few minutes. Prepare a print flattening solution, 2 ounce glycerin + 30 ounces of water. Soak the print in this solution for about 3 minutes. Lay the print out on a clean white terrycloth towel. Cover with a second ...


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When mounting photographs on Matt board i use a Hot mount press. They are not an inexpensive item so you could improvise by taking a couple pieces of Matt bored and a sheet of release paper and sandwiching the print between them then using a clothes iron. The release paper goes on the face of the photograph and keeps it from sticking to the mat ...


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Using the print size or border style seems like a long shot to me. That could be influenced by film brand, paper brand, chosen print lab and country, let alone time frame. If you do get a time frame, you're more likely to get a decade than a year. That said, antiques or forensics experts may be able to guide you.


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This jpeg is unfortunately so lossy that it probably isn't going to be helpful for analysing things like film grain or fading. Even then, it would only give an idea of the film used, not necessarily how old the image is. It would tell you how old it couldn't be, but not much more. With the actual paper photo, a little bit more might be able to be ...


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