i was lucky enough to restore
old family photos from the 1800s
through the mid-late 1930s.
some of those portraits were
the most beautiful i have seen.
i won't mention how i restored them
but it took a long time and it was fun

all that said, portraits made in the early part of the 1900s
are something else. i have scrapbooks/photo albums
and high school portraits that i was either gifted or found in a
junque shoppe that i stare at from time to time.

just can't touch that stuff these days, with all the fancy gizmos we have ...
you said it jim!