How can I make faded or smudged chalk in an old photo album visible?
Q. Dear Donia,
A. Dear Paul,
You present me with a real head-scratcher. For the white ink, you could try using raking light in the hope that the pen nib made an indentation in the paper. Indentations will show up if you take a lamp and shine it across the paper rather than down onto it. The impressions really pop. The chalk is another matter entirely. I cannot think of any way to read it if it has been rubbed away. The only possible thing I can think of to try is to get a digital image of the page and manipulate it in a photo editor such as Photoshop. It is possible that by playing with the settings, you could pull up something well enough to read it.
I am sorry I could not be the bearer of better news but these old photo albums with black pages have always been tricky to label.