Photo Restoration – Restoring Vietnam War History

Sometimes photo restoration can be just as rewarding as creating a new photo.  Mike is a client who brought in an incredible photo that was damaged, creased and tattered to see if we could fix it.  You can see the results below and after learning that this was what Mike called home while serving our country in Vietnam we can only imagine what this photo means to him.  Actually I’m sure that most of us cannot imagine it, but you can feel that you are looking at an important piece of history – personal and national – when you see it.  To be able to restore this image to such a pristine state is a very rewarding thing and Mike was gracious enough to allow us to share it on our blog.  The next time you get annoyed about your living conditions – you wish your kitchen was a little bigger or you can’t stand the draft along the floor in your bedroom, think about what the soldier deals with while he/she is out there defending our country.

Vietnam photo - before photo restoration

Before restoration













Vietnam photo - after photo restoration

After restoration



We asked Mike a couple of questions about the photo and here is what he had to say:

Frameable Faces:  So Mike, tell us what is in this photo?

Mike:  This is a picture of what I called home for some time when I was serving in Vietnam.  I prefer not to talk too much about my time over there, but the photo definitely means a lot to me.

Frameable Faces:  Can you tell us more about the photo?  Did you take the photo yourself and did you have it developed once you returned home?

Mike:  I took the photo myself with a throwaway camera.  I wasn’t going to take an expensive camera over there and my mom actually sent over a disposable camera for me to use.  I had to just keep the camera on me since there was obviously nowhere to get it developed where I was.  I brought it back to the U.S. when I returned in 1967 and that’s when I got it developed.

Frameable Faces:  Well we are glad we were able to restore it for you and we hope you are happy with the way it turned out.  Thank you so much for sharing and for your service!

Mike:  You are welcome and I couldn’t be happier – this photo deserved to be restored and I’m putting it in a frame so I can display it properly.  You guys did a perfect job on this!

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9 responses on “Photo Restoration – Restoring Vietnam War History

  1. Colleen Conger

    Doug, you truly are an artist when it comes to photo restoration. Not only did you remove all of the creases, folds and bends, you restored not only a piece of this mans life, but what it sounds like was a piece of his heart too.

    I offer photo restoration services in my business too and let me tell you, there’s nothing like getting a tattered, stained and ripped photo from a customer and then returning a print that has stripped away all of the ugly and put back the beautiful image they remembered. Yes, I’m proud to say that I’ve had customers cry and hug me when they’ve got the finished product.

    Again, great work on the restoration!


    1. Doug Post author

      Thanks Colleen! You hit it right on – it is truly rewarding! I personally can’t take all the credit since we do have some pretty awesome specialists helping us with the process but we were indeed thrilled with the results on this one! 🙂

  2. Dianna

    Amazing job !!!
    That’s truly a photo worth more than a thousand words. Restoration is truly an art; very impressive.
    Also, Thank you to the gentleman who served our country.


    1. Doug Cohen Post author

      I have no idea why this comment just popped up in the notifications (what appears to be) 4 months after it was posted, but thanks Dianna! Yeah this one was very cool to be able to do for someone who served our country for sure!

  3. Dianna

    Amazing job !!!
    That’s truly a photo worth more than a thousand words. Restoration is truly an art; very impressive.
    Also, Thank you to the gentleman who served our country.


    1. Doug Cohen Post author

      Thank you Dianna! We love these – especially when we can share the story behind the photo – and thank you to Mike indeed. 🙂

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