The original materials identified :

  1. Cellulose acetate negatives (heavily scratched)
  2. POP prints (faded)
  3. Silver halide prints (faded)

Conservation:

  1. The faded prints were recopied using Wratten 47B filter and tungsten light with high contrast film and paper developer (Dektol).  This brought out all the tones in the faded original.
  2. The cellulose acetate film negative base was dissolved in solvents and the extracted pellicle which was free of scratches was used to print the cover photo of the book.

R.K. Narayan The Early Years 1906 - 1945.

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