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Hello,

So I've got about 3GB worth of pictures of Normandy during 1944, 2267 pictures in total. Most are from war correspondents and service personnel using their own cameras. They're fairly good quality considering the collection is from 2006, but there are some issues/question marks.

Firstly some are sharp, some are slightly (partially) out of focus, others have some artefacts like scratches or colour bleed. Almost all are in black and white. I've tried running some through an AI program to increase sharpness and/or reduce visual imperfections, but it doesn't work well with black and white images.

As of now they are around 3100x2400 pixels in size. To increase fidelity and lower filesize I can reduce them by 50%, so to for example 1550x1200. That makes them more consistent to look at and lowers filesize by 2/3.

Here are some example fragments:

p000001 comparison.jpgp000618 comparison.jpgp000734 comparison.jpg

What do you think would be better?

I also have another question, namely does the site resize pictures automatically? Based on these pictures I'm assuming it does (because that would make me resizing them pretty useless) And does this happen on-the-fly to adjust for different browsers/operating systems/screen sizes?
 
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Your original file size will load just fine in the media gallery and the software will display a smaller image but the actual image size will remain the same and can be viewed/downloaded in its original size so you should not need to resize them at all. If you upload them to a forum post the software will reduce them accordingly but that is permanent. Give it a go and see what works best for you.
 
Your original file size will load just fine in the media gallery and the software will display a smaller image but the actual image size will remain the same and can be viewed/downloaded in its original size so you should not need to resize them at all. If you upload them to a forum post the software will reduce them accordingly but that is permanent. Give it a go and see what works best for you.
Right thanks!

I'll upload the first couple and see how it turns out.
 
My Grandfather WWII a Half Track Forward Observer team Texas 36th Division ...... The beautiful color long photo is the Italian Campaign the photo being on the day they were pulled out and moved to France to join up with Patton's 3rd Army. He is easy to spot being the bottom direct center tall dark complexion guy with his helmet in his left hand full of canned goodies. Poor guys had been engaged for 90 days so they look pretty rough and dirty but glad to get to hell out of there. He was a Georgia Indian and one of the finest persons you could imagine, at the same time he was also one of the toughest and meanest guys if he was messed with. In 1956 we lived in a house on street side but the drive was shared by a garage apartment to our rear. Everyone was gone to La and he was there alone and something got started where 3 young guys jumped him and he whupped all 3 of them. I think it was over moving the car or something silly but they probably ran their mouths a little too long. They were not there when we returned from La so I guess the land lord booted them. The second black n white I have no idea where they shot the photo it might have been Italy or France. He had a very rough time and always out in front with that anti tank gun. He passed away in 1985 Houston Texas and lies in the National Cemetery Houston.
Walter Anderson born and raised in Lyrely Georgia. His mother Grandmother Anderson lived to be over 100. She once told me that her husband his father would come home drunk and she would lock him up in the corn crib until he sobered up.

Walter Anderson 1944 Anzio Landing Moving to France and 7ty Army.jpg
Walter Anderson Could be Anzio Italy or France after being moved to the 7th Army 30 days after...jpg
 
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Thank you for sharing with us your family history.

Assuming your grandfather was likely born between 1915 and 1925 (19-29 yrs old in 1944), died relatively young and his mother died aged 100+ got me wondering if she actually survived her son?
 
Thank you for sharing with us your family history.

Assuming your grandfather was likely born between 1915 and 1925 (19-29 yrs old in 1944), died relatively young and his mother died aged 100+ got me wondering if she actually survived her son?
He was born 1912 and my Grandmother was born in 1910. His Mother died before he died but not by much. Their whole family lived long lives, most of those living in Georgia lived to be very old. In 54 we made a trip in our 53 Ford and visited his older Brother who was named Alonzo Anderson. He had a little small farm and a barn and a lot of hunting dogs. We sat at a large table in the kitchen that had a red and white checkered table cloth. His wife cooked the meal of fried chicken and taters and gravy and fresh made biscuits. They had a big white wood stove that was still being used. I still remember walking down the black top road in front of their place and squishing that hot black tar between my toes while walking to a little small corner store to by sodas and gum. There were 11 kids in the Anderson clan, recently the last of them pasted away. One older brother named Grady Anderson a Chief in the Navy worked in intelligence at Dong Tam and was in the Brown Water Navy but he retired from there one month after I had arrived so I never got a chance to see him and we rarely flew on that side of the River since it was more in the Saigon Defense area. My Grandfather was in a old folks home and he was sitting in the TV room watching a Houston Baseball game, he got up and told the nurse he was tired and was going to take a nap and he lay down and never got up. It was a peaceful way to go for a man who had seen so much in such a short time. His Mother had one coffee and bourbon toddy each morning at breakfast and one egg and one piece of toast and usually two slices of cantaloupe and coffee. Same breakfast for decades and lived alone well into her 90s. She dipped Garret Blue Label Snuff . Got some good photos of her and him in Hempstead Tx at her home when I was still a pretty young toddler but walking. One photo is my Grandmother and my Aunt who is two years older than myself and my Grandfather. My Aunt is sitting a top a water melon that was grown in Hempstead. For years we would drive to Hempstead on weekends to see Grandmother and bring home a trunk full of water melons. They were only 50 cents and would fill a third of the trunk space of a 53 Ford. The other photo is me with my Grandmother at 4 days old

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