UPDATED:The above image is a new addition to the archives added on November 19, 2021 (original post written in 2016). This was the restoration I was certain I couldn’t pull off, but with patience and taking a HUGE risk on a 100 year old photo with WATER…..I was able to tease the gum backed tape off the surface of the photo. Didn’t it figure the tape covered most of the chow’s face? I was so happy to see a perfect image underneath once I let the paper completely dry. I scanned it in and began restoring any scratches , tears and sharpening some details. Its one of my favorite restorations showing this couple in a very high quality image and of course that the handsome chow “Foo”!!!
So many times when I am doing detective work on a certain chow or their person, I run into pleasant surprises that have little to do with the search….other than a chow being in common of course! This find of Heavyweight Champion James (aka Gentleman Jim) Corbett and his chow “Foo” was one of those bonus discoveries! Below you can read a bit of his bio as well as another photo of Jim Corbett pictured with Foo.
James Corbett is pictured in Long Island at his home. Long Island being the hotbed of top chow breeders of the day so there is little doubt this dog was of rich and well bred blood
I did the best I could to bring out the image of the chow “Foo” but the original newsclipping was too damaged. You can make out the dog faintly to the left of James Corbett. I’m so glad I was able to find the first photo which is just beautiful of the entire family.