I'm sure we all have those photos of our Italian ancestors that are starting to show signs of age. Take the photo at the left which neatly slices Giuseppa Catanese's face in half. What I wouldn't give to erase that crack as it is the youngest known photograph of this ancestor.
Maureen Taylor has written a great book on this subject titled Preserving You Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images. You can also follow her blog at Photo Detective.