When I scan old prints I include the entire print. If there is writing on the back of the picture I scan the backside as well. The intent is to capture all useful information. Old studio prints, like this one, are often labeled with studio names. This helps you date the picture and might even lead you to the original negative. Print borders are very useful for color balancing. Many old prints had neutral borders when they were first made. Over time the paper fades and changes color. A simple click on the border will, in many cases, restore the original colors. As you can see from the before and after images, I typically crop the picture and adjust contrast. I do this for a number of reasons. First, information gathering scans are typically low contrast. When scanning I set the black and white points so that deepest blacks and brightest whites retain every trace of detail. This results in a scan that often has lower contrast than the original. Secondly, print contrast fades with age. By increasing contrast I am attempting to recover what the print might have looked like. As for cropping: cropping is the lazy man’s favorite restoration technique. If you can cut out a lot of damaged or irrelevant crap you have far fewer blemishes to fix.