Restoration of an original 1887 NYPD patrolman nomination document

RESTORATION OF A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

The original 1887 NYPD patrolman nomination document signed by future President Theodore Roosevelt was brought to our studio in the state of high deterioration. Glued to a cardboard, it was wrinkled and yellowed with the signature of Theodore Roosevelt barely legible.

Because any attempt to separate the document from the mounting board could lead to destruction and any application of cleaning solutions may react negatively with the mounting glue, digital restoration was the only option available. The document was scanned at extremely high resolution to protect the intricate detailed of the engraving and handwriting.

The discoloration was removed by careful adjustment of the color balance and all details in the document were carefully retouched. The signature of the future President Roosevelt was enhanced to make it visable again.

           
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