I just got up with an old friend of mine who is currently restoring old photos. When he told me about it, I was a little skeptical but after seeing some of his work I started getting together a bunch of my photos.
Currently he is working on a project for me that seemed impossible. I have a sketch of my GG-Grandfather and that is the only photo we know of him. My friend is taking the sketch and making it seem as if it were a painting or even a photo!
I have seen his put photos that were cut in half right back together, make black and white into color, restore faded photos into clear ones.
I am not trying to silicate any business but just wanted to let people know that there is a hope when it comes to restoring photos. If you are looking for some direction with it, please feel free to contact me and I can refer you over to him if you would like. If not him, it is still something to look into.