"Preserving Yesterday For Your Children's Future"
to Saunders' Family Tree. Saunders Family Tree represents the application
of the latest restoration technology and professional presentation skills
dedicated to the preservation of family heritage at the lowest possible
(1) Get out all
the boxes of your family photographs and papers and sort them into family
branches. Write on the back of the photographs who they are.
Put each branch into a separate large envelope. If you elect to use
Saunders' Family Tree I will provide you with these envelopes free.
point I am sure you are wondering how much this would cost. The answer
is - not much. I charge an hourly rate of $15 an hour. This
is very reasonable and is this reasonable because this is for me both a
hobby and retirement business I'm not trying to make a lot of money by
doing. Making friends of customers and a little money is good enough
for me. However, the sense of satisfaction for yourself and the reward
to future generations of your family are enormous.
Below is what I call my "Gallery of Restored Images". The images below are of both photographs and documents - before and after restoration. They will serve as examples of what can be accomplished through restoration efforts. A brief explanation of each will be provided. Please review the images and then return to the Home Page by clicking the link provided and tour the full web site. Your family history can be done the same way. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon! -- James R. Saunders Jr.
photograph is the General Store owned by my great grandfather. It
was located on Main Street in Houston, Texas just across Buffalo Bayou
from downtown. The photograph below is the original scan from which
the restored image was created. The original scan was made from the
actual 117 year old photograph.
The image above is a restored page from the Aubertin branch of my family. The original image appears below. This Bible was a wedding gift to my great grandparents in 1890.
The photo above is the home owned by my great grandfather and great grandmother. The baby the man on the porch is holding is my grandmother. The photo below is the original 112 year old photograph.
The above photograph is my great-great-grandfather. It was made on what is known as a "tintype". Regardless of the name, the photo was actually shot on a bronze plate as were most or all tintypes. Bronze is 90% copper and 10% tin and will not rust. I suppose that "tintype" stuck as a name because it just flowed easily off the tongue. The original tintype image is shown as an inset and is shown actual size.
The photographs above are of a historical site known as "Dowlin's Mill" in Ruidoso, New Mexico. In 1890 Dowlin's Mill was the only civilization in Ruidoso other than Fort Stanton. My great grandmother pictured above in inset was a remarkable woman. She was a school teacher (and photographer) who was employed by the federal government as a teacher on the Apache Indian Reservation. She was forced to flee eastward across Texas in a covered wagon during Geronimo's last rampage.
The images below are not the oldest, but in many ways are my favorites. They were drawn freehand by my father while stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in World War II. He was a young architect having only just graduated from Rice University and then enlisting in 1942. He was assigned to the staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz and spent eighteen hours a day reviewing reconnaissance photographs, interrogating prisoners, and drawing maps for strike missions against the enemy. The images were drawn and mailed to my mother from Pearl Harbor. The girl in them very closely resembles my mother in the early 1940s. As you can see from the originals they had been folded, mailed, and browned from age. There is something intangible in them that moves me emotionally. I hope you enjoy them too.
are examples of documents that are important or unusual and are deserving
of restoration and exhibition. The first is my Diploma from the University
of Houston which required seven years of night school to acquire.
The second has historical significance. As a younger man I dabbled
in politics and as a result was actually invited to the Inauguration of
Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. This is interesting in itself but
is made moreso when one considers the ultimate resolution of both men's
political careers. Agnew was forced to resign as Vice-president because
of allegations he received "kick-backs" from construction companies while
Governor of Maryland. Richard Nixon was forced from the White House
by the Watergate Scandal. There are probably very few of these original
invitations still in existence.
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