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Veteran History Photo Restoration

Veteran History Photo Restoration

Ernst Wilhelm Emil Buderus von Carlshausen (born in 1830, died in 1876) was Isobel Fletcher’s great Grandfather. He was a Major in the Prussian Army and fought in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. He was knighted Sir of the Iron Cross in 1870.
Unlocking memories: How digital restoration technology is preserving the stories of our veterans for future generations

Honoring Our Heroes: Preserving the Memories of Our Veterans through Photo Restoration

The value of photography in preserving the memory of our country’s veterans cannot be overstated. Every April 25th, Australians come together to honor the sacrifices of our veterans on Anzac Day. But preserving the memories of these brave individuals goes beyond simply paying our respects. Restoring historical photographs and documents pertaining to military service is a crucial way to ensure that the sacrifices made by our soldiers are not lost to time.

Our photo restoration artists understand the importance of preserving the legacy of our veterans. Through expert restoration services for images and documents relating to military history, we can provide a concrete link to our past and allow future generations to understand and appreciate the contributions of our warriors.

These photographs and documents not only provide visuals of historical events, but they also evoke emotions and provoke ideas and behaviors. They serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our soldiers, and a way to respect their legacy.

The preservation of these images and documents is especially significant in the context of Australia’s extensive military past. The history of warfare in Australia plays a crucial role in shaping our national identity, and restoring these images and documents allows us to save a piece of our history that may have been lost otherwise.

In the spirit of Anzac Day, and to ensure that the sacrifices of our veterans are never forgotten, we at Yesterdays are proud to offer expert restoration services for images and documents pertaining to military history. It is our duty to preserve the legacy of those who have served our nation, and we take that responsibility seriously. “Lest We Forget”


Damaged photo from the portraitist François Cornand from the early 1900s, Photo courtesy of Isobel Fletcher Western Australia

What makes important to restore a treasured old service photograph.

There are many reasons to restore a treasured old service photo. It might have been damaged over time, faded or even torn into pieces. Old photos can be restored and returned to their original glory with a professional photo restoration service

When we receive your photo for digital restoration it will be carefully examined by our expert team of photo restorers who will perform a damage assessment and provide you with a formal estimate.

Not only an old image from one’s time in the military may be an effective way to remember significant moments, items and landmarks from that branch of the armed forces’s history but also a powerful tool fill gaps in history.

The restoration of an image from a veteran’s time spent serving in the military might help us better understand the valour and bravery of those individuals who have given their service to our nation

Damaged photo of an World War I, Soldier standing and wearing uniform and on active service on the he Imperial Camel Corps Brigade, the photo damage assessment shows signs of evident deterioration, fingerprints, cracks, missing pieces, faded areas and fold marks, the condition of the image prior its restoration and enhancement refers to a medium challenge restoration

Lest we forget

Lest we forget is a phrase that is used to remember the sacrifices of veterans and the fallen of wars past. The phrase was first used in a poem by Australian writer Thomas Keneally in 1982, but has since become one of those things that you hear constantly but never really think about where it came from or why it’s so important. By restoring veteran photos we are making sure we remember their sacrifice and honor those who have lost their lives protecting our country.

Every 25th of April, we celebrate Anzac Day and commemorate those who have served and have given their lives not only during the 1915 allied expedition but to every war and military operation lost and won since then. During this celebration, the military performs exercises to commemorate the events that have happened in the past. Families, on the other hand, bring out photo albums and gather to hear the stories of their grandmothers and grandfathers who are war veterans. After looking at the photos of our departed loved ones, we place the photos on a box, lock them tight and safely put them away till next year, afraid that putting them on display will quicken the deterioration of the photographs.

But what if we no longer need to hide the photos and lock our memories since technology created an opportunity to keep history alive? Through digitalisation and photo restoration, we can now safely store images and recreate missing sections or damaged parts to preserve visual history. As we move towards a more digitalised world, printed photographs do not lose their value instead they become more important and rarer, thus the need to restore and preserve them to keep our heritage and our memories alive.  

Before and after pattern suppression and restoration techniques have been applied to a textured photo

By removing specks of dust and scratchesrecreating damaged parts, and brushing up on colours, the images are brought back to life and your family’s legacy lives on. You can save your memories and pass on your family’s legacy to the next generations and allow them access to visual history—photographs that show their heritage, especially who they are and where they come from.

Lest we forget our veterans who in their service gave their lives and their time in service of the people and their countrymen, let’s celebrate life and history by commemorating our loved ones through their photographs. As the Philosopher and Poet George Santayana said in his work entitled, The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,”. If we do not give value to our history, especially to the people who have helped shape our character, and if we do not take actions to recount our history and relive our memories, we would not know who we are today and what more we can be in the future.

At Yesterdays Photo, we keep your memories alive by restoring photographs to a state where they can survive their own stories. If you have a valid Veteran Card, we can offer discounts up to 40%. For non-veteran cardholders, but with military-related photographs, we can also offer discounts depending on a damage assessment. 

We also offer a special price for restoring photo collections or wedding photographs. For enquiries or bulk photo submissions, phone us on +61 497 859 034 or send us an email.

Keep your history alive by celebrating family, love and friendship through restored photographs from Yesterdays Photo

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