A word about the images, it’s really important… Many are excellent considering their age, typically between 80 and 120 years old, taken with cameras that are miles behind the quality that we take for granted in the modern age. Some images are worn and some are not all that clear, some are as good an image we have of a particular player, they may be the only image we have or even to anyone’s knowledge that there is, so for that reason we have sometimes chosen to publish photographs that aren’t as good as we’d like them to be, in particular of players whose career was brief.
Some photographs of this age are inevitably damaged, blemished, creased, infested with white and black spots when viewed close up, and we go to enormous lengths to clean them as best we can to produce the best image possible. You will see we deliberately use above as a background image a postcard of Preston North End, approximately 110 years old. This has not been cleaned up and the blemishes are numerous!! We are often working with difficult substrates that refuse to clean easily. Sometimes the image we are re-producing is itself heavily pixillated. Please do not expect images to always be perfect, especially as often the original images we are reproducing are extremely small! Note also we can adjust images at your request. If there is a name and club we can often remove it, if you don’t like the colour tones we can soften them, etc.
When ordering and choosing enlargements you must consider the quality of the images and how they will look when blown up to a larger size. A good way is to “full screen” the image on your computer. If at all you are not happy with a particular photograph you’d like to order, please tell us and we can work further on it (which we always do when we get an order). Since this business started our techniques for cleaning photographs have improved as has our equipment! We can now get photographs to expand without losing much if any image quality, even if on your computer screen the image you see doesn’t expand well. But please forgive us when unfortunately the image is less than perfect. It’s often a case of “you should have seen it in the first place!!”.
Please also note that while our images are all 4-sided, their proportions vary from square to highly elongated for full length portraits, with many dimensions of rectangle in between. When printed they will fill the widest length or width of the advertised paper size, so for example a 12 x 18 elongated portrait will be 18 inches high. However it is likely there will be “trim” on two sides of an image unless its dimensions fit exactly. When we produce framed images, this trim is normally removed.