K C & R, offers a service for the conservation and restoration of photos, prints, paper money, albums, paper documents, books and their supports. This service is of particular interest to collectors, museums, antique dealers, art stores, galleries, corporations with archives, and individuals interested in conserving their family history for future generations. By conserving or restoring these items, we preserve their inherent value, be it sentimental, historical or artistic.

The following are a list of items that may need restoration, should they be damaged by mishandling, incorrect storage, water, and or smoke damage, or just old age.

Photographic Positives

  • daguerreotypes : a daguerreotype is a photograph on the silver side of a copper plate. These photographs were often displayed in hinged wooden or plastic cases. This type of photograph was popular between 1839 and 1860.
  • calotypes : a calotype is a positive or negative silver image (if waxed) on good quality paper. This type of photograph was popular between 1841 and mid-1860's.
  • salted papers : a salted paper print is a positive silver image on paper. This type of photograph was popular between 1839 and the mid-1860's
  • ambrotypes : an ambrotype photograph is a silver image in a collodion binder on glass. The image would often be hand colored and displayed in a case or frame. This type of photograph was popular between1852 to about 1880.
  • albumen prints : an albumen print is a silver image on albumen coated paper. Image color varies from purple-brown to a faded brown color depending on its age, deterioration etc. This type of photograph was popular between 1850 and 1920's.
  • Aristotypes /printing out papers : This produced the first industrially made photograph. These photos can be glossy to mat with a tonality ranging from warm brown (to resemble albumen prints) to olive black. This type of photograph was popular between 1890 and 1910 (for chloride collodion P.O.P.) and 1880's-1930's (for gelatin P.O.P.).
  • silver gelatin prints : generally a black and white photograph (1905-still in use)
  • resin coated papers (U.S.)/papiers PE (France) :similar to silver gelatin photographs. This type of photograph was popular between 1960 and is still in use today.
  • color processes cibachrome (a color print since 1960), Polaroid and its varieties (instant photo since 1963), chromogenic (color slide or print process, since 1935).

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, the list represents the more common types of photographs. There are many variations of these processes as well as some that are not mentioned. Should you have an interesting photos or print that you are unable to identify please contact us.

Photographic negatives

  • glass plate negatives (collodion and gelatin) : the negative image is on a glass plate.
  • on flexible plastic supports/various formats (nitrate, acetates, polyester, / flat film, roll film).

Kimpton Conservation & Restoration also specializes in the treatment of :

  • Books and photographic albums : old family albums are frequently in poor condition due to age, poor storage conditions, quality of materials and mishandling. K C & R can restore albums and photographs; we use as much of the original material to maintain a historical integrity. New binding of the album will preserve your historical/sentimental albums for generations to come.

And

  • Prints : engravings, dry-point, etching, lithographs, engraving on wood, non-silver photographic processes; financial, legal, money documents.

Restoration techniques of prints are much the same as with the restoration of photographs. The types of damages which K C & R treat are stains, overall discoloration, tears, missing pieces and wrinkling.