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Hello Folks, a few years ago I created this website to share the vintage and antique photographs and film that I preserve. I had to learn quite a lot to fashion even this mediocre website. While learning to do this I also had to learn video editing and photoshop and so many other things. All of this to say that I have forgotten pretty much all that I learned and what you see for now is what you get. I might also mention that my priorities have changed and while I have terabytes of material to share I have not the time. Today my priority is motion picture film. You can see some of the amazing 1200 or so historical films that I have uploaded to my Youtube Channel at I can promise you will find something you like. Meanwhile if you would like to help keep this going, I have the material if you have the time and knowledge or would like to make a donation can be reached at the email address at the bottom of this page.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                     The Office of Image Archaeology




April of 2015 George Mihal of Office of Image Archaeology was contacted by the editor of a blog called HISTOCRATS. The blog is dedicated to the study of History and was created by a group of teachers for the purpose of sharing this information. The link above will take you to an interview conducted by the editor of the Histocrats that was published on their blog..  


George Mihal,






Also you may like my Facebook page 






The Office of Image Archaeology is a repository of vintage digitized photographs, photo albums, 35mm slides and negatives as well as 8 and 16mm film. This Website is dedicated to the preservation and free access of this material.





The following images this month are variations of two photos, before and after restoration. The first image was taken at Astoria Oregon in 1895 and features two of the Cities Fireman from the period. Phil Hadden on the left and Sidney Crispen on the right. The second image was taken about 1925 of the mobile Pinter’s Candy Wagon. The average time required to restore these images was about 8 hours. In the case of the first photo I had to rebuild an all but missing leg on one horse because the photo had been torn in half as well as clean up thousands of nicks, scrapes and scratches. The second image was almost as bad with a myriad of cracks in the photographs elusion.


Astoria Oregon damaged image


Astoria Oregon restored image


Pinter's Mobile Candy Truck damaged photo

Pinter's Mobile Candy Truck circa 1925 


 I have a large selection of vintage films that can be viewed via

YOUTUBE. For a sample of what you might find there click the

play button on the introductory film above. If you like this click

here "Office of Image Archaeology Youtube" to see more.




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This photo is from a very large collection of images shot by Jane C. Stanley about 1925 on a trip around the world. As a noted watercolor artist in Detroit, she specialized in buildings, street scenes, bridges, and landscapes. Mrs. Stanley worked and studied in many foreign countries: Spain, France, Guatemala, and Canada among others.




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