Restored and improved reproduction photo
Main Street, Ionia, Michigan, 1910 or earlier
This terrific old photo was taken by famous photographer Louis Pesha. It is so sharp we can read the time on the clock tower over three blocks away. We are looking east at the south side of Main Street. Many signs are readible, especially in the larger-size prints (see "Size options" below). Please see our other photos of Michigan as well. Scroll down to see our discount on additional purchases and free-item offers. Check out all our items!
You will receive a 5-inch by 7-inch (5x7) print that will ship the next business day after you pay, unless you request substitutions in eBay on the same day that you pay. The substitutions that are available are described below. You can request an 8x10 or 8x12 or images on a CD at no additional charge. 11x14 and larger-size prints are also available for an additional charge (see below).
This improved reproduction has been or will be custom-made for you new, in a photo lab. We have taken great care to preserve the sharpness and old look while removing scratches, spots, and other damage that would make it less viewable. We have repaired imperfections and improved tonal values. You may see a little more empty sky at the top, depending on the shape of your print (see "Size options" below).
Why buy this photo: This print would be a good conversation starter in a restaurant, waiting room, lobby, office, classroom, library, or museum in Ionia. Decorators use our sepia-tone prints in a variety of ways to make them look old (see "Tone options" below). This photo could also be a gift for a history buff or someone who has roots here. It can be resold in a store (see "Wholesale lots" below). Our photos can be used in school reports, presentations, and displays. This is a significantly improved version of the image and must be licensed for use in a publication, production, or other product (see "Licenses" below).
Custom processing: If you request substitutions, we will custom make your item after we receive your payment, usually within 48 hours. This means that you can choose an alternative size, tone, finish, or images on a CD (see below). We ship custom-made prints and CDs quickly, usually within 2 or 3 days. If you do not request substitutions, we ship your 5x7 print the next business day after we receive your payment. So, you must specify substitutions on the same day that you pay.
Size options: The bid and/or Buy It Now prices shown are for one standard 5-inch by 7-inch (5x7) print. However, you can substitute the optional 8x10 or 8x12 or a CD (see "CD option" below) at no additional charge. Be sure to make your request when you pay. Or, to substitute an even larger size, you can purchase an additional item titled "Upsize your photo or art to..." (click "Upsize a photo or art" under "Store Categories" to the left) or ask us to add the cost to your invoice before you pay.
5x7 (a standard size): Default size
8x10 (a standard size): Request when you pay
8x12 (not a standard size): Request when you pay
Larger image than 8x10. Less empty sky at the top than 8x10.
11x14 (a standard size): Request before you pay
Additional cost. See item titled "Upsize your photo or art to 11x14 or 12x__"
12x18 (not a standard size): Request before you pay
Additional cost. See item titled "Upsize your photo or art to 11x14 or 12x__"
16x20 (a standard size): Request before you pay
Additional cost. See item titled "Upsize your photo or art to 16x20"
16x24 (Display devices are available in some stores): Request before you pay
Larger image than 16x20. Less empty sky at the top.
Additional cost. See item titled "Upsize your photo or art to 16x24"
20x30 (display devices are available in some stores): Request before you pay
Additional cost. See item titled "Upsize your photo or art to 20x30"
Digital images on CD: Request when you pay
See "CD option" below for details.
Tone options: Your print will have a sepia tone as shown unless you request grayscale. Sepia is the color of old prints today, caused by acid in the old paper. Many people prefer the warm sepia tones over cold black and white. Your sepia print will be on acid-free paper, but it will look old. Grayscale is the way modern black and white prints are made. Side-by-side examples are shown for comparison on our "About our photos" page in our eBay store.
Sepia (old look): Default tone
Grayscale (black and white): Request when you pay
Finish options: Your print will have a luster finish unless you request glossy when you pay. Glossy reflects glare but appears to be a bit sharper. Glossy also shows fingerprints more.
Luster (dull, less glare): Default finish
16x20 and larger have a satin finish which is similar to luster.
Glossy (shiny, more glare, looks sharper): Request when you pay
Not available in 16x20 nor larger sizes.
Border: Your print will have a minimum border. This means that there may be some white edges (less than 1/4 inch wide) outside the image so that you can display the maximum amount of the image in typical devices that hide the edges of the print.
Quality: We select the highest-quality images we can find and carefully restore and improve them. Old photos do not meet today’s high standards due to the limitations of the materials and methods available in those days, and due to aging and damage. But we improve them as much as we can while preserving an old look. Then we process them using modern archival methods so they can be affordable and last for many years.
CD option: You can request to substitute a CD instead of a print. The CD will contain more than one version of the image, including at least one cropped close-up, that are optimized for digital presentations, websites, and e-mail. The images will not exceed 1200 pixels in the longest dimension, and thus may not fill the screen when used for high definition displays. If we have additional information about the image, we will include a text file as well. You must request the CD in eBay on the same day that you pay. The CD and images shall not be printed nor reproduced for sale nor distribution..
Packaging: We ship 5x7, 8x10, and 8x12 prints and CDs flat with a stiff board to prevent folding, in a sturdy envelope. Larger sizes are carefully rolled and shipped in a sturdy mailing tube.
Shipping time: If you do not request substitutions, your sepia-tone luster 5x7 print will ship the next business day after we recieve your payment. You must request substitutions in eBay on the same day that you pay, but your print or CD may then take a day or two longer to ship because it must be custom made. If you purchase additional eBay items from quaintcards to ship together, an extra day or two may also be required. The time required by the postal services to deliver your package depends on shipping method, Customs requirements, weather, holidays, and other factors beyond our control..
Shipping cost: This item is sold with packaging materials and handling included in the price. Domestic postage is also included. For destinations outside the U.S.A., buyer pays actual postage.
Discounts on additional purchases: Shipping and handling costs less per item when you buy more items that can ship together in the same package. We pass this savings on to buyers. We will subtract from your invoice before you pay, or refund in PayPal after you pay. Please note that some items can not be shipped together and thus will not qualify for this discount. For example, only small flat items can ship with 5x7s and CDs. Here is how much discount you will get:
Additional items showing "Free shipping" (to US addresses only):
$1.00 discount per additional item showing "Free shipping."
Additional items showing shipping and handling fees, to US addresses:
We subtract all shipping and handling charges except the charges for your heaviest item in the package.
Additional items showing shipping and handling fees, to non-US addresses:
International buyer pays actual postage for the package. No handling charge.
Buy-4-Get-1-Free offer: Buy four items from quaintcards that can ship together and get a fifth item that can ship in the same package free. Only small flat items can ship with 5x7s and CDs. CDs can not ship with 11x14 nor larger prints. Your free item must be of equal or lesser value than the highest priced item among the 4 items you purchase. To get a free upsized print, you must purchase at least one upsize. Your free item can not be a 16x20 nor larger print. A lot counts as one item. Licenses, upsizes, and wholesale lots do not count toward the four purchased items for this offer. The purchased items and the free item must be able to ship together to the same address. Do not purchase the free item. Merely tell us which one you want and we will include it in your shipment. The same rules apply if you buy 8 items and select 2 free items or buy 12 and select 3 free.
Copyright: This is a significantly cleaned-up and improved version of this image. It is copyright protected and shall not be reproduced without expressed permission.
Licenses: We own this cleaned-up and improved image and license it for publishing or for use in productions or other products. For each image to be used, a license must be purchased via a separate eBay listing. We list licenses as needed. Click "Ask a question" for more information or to request a license.
Wholesale lots: If you need a large quantity of this print for framing, for use in classrooms, or for other purposes, please click "Ask a question" to request a wholesale lot. We will create a custom listing in eBay for you.
Price reductions! We occasionally mark down many of our popular items for a few days. We announce these sales via email. So, be sure to add us to your favorites list! We are happy to answer your questions. Thanks for looking.