From Mathew Brady's Civil War photos to Ansel Adams' landscapes to Irving Penn's magazine shots, antique and vintage photographs are highly collectible. Photography was introduced in the U.S. in 1839, and immediately became popular.
Daguerreotypes dominated the field of photography until the mid-1850s. A daguerreotype is a copper plate covered with a thin layer of polished silver that looks like a mirror when held at a certain angle. By the mid-1840s, they were affordable for the average person, and it is therefore relatively easy to find old daguerreotypes today. Most daguerreotypes were studio portraits, where the subject posed for the photograph at the photographer's studio. Daguerreotypes featuring outdoor or street scenes are far rarer.
In the mid-1850s, ambrotypes replaced the daguerreotype. An ambrotype is a negative that has been put on glass and placed against a black background to make it look like a positive. Ambrotypes were popular until the 1890s. Another example of a cased image like the daguerreotype or ambrotype is the tintype, which was patented in 1856 and was made using a thin sheet of iron.
Stereoviews, also known as stereographs, were also created in the late 1850s and reached a peak of popularity in the 1870s. Stereoviews were cheap photographs that simulated a 3D view. In the 1880s, various companies decided to mass-market stereoviews that featured pictures of foreign locations to homes and schools. Stereoviews remained popular throughout the early 1900s.
In 1859, the carte de visite, which had been created in France, was introduced to the U.S. The carte de visite, or CDV, was a 2.5 inch by 4 inch print made of paper. As it was more affordable than previous forms of photography, it was accessible to a wider group of people. Many Civil War soldiers had their photographs taken and printed as a CDV.
Real photo postcards are another popular form of photographic print. Real photo postcards were made by developing a photograph onto postcard-sized photo paper with a postcard backing. They are still made today.
The most popular paper photographic print is the gelatin silver print, or black and white photograph. Gelatin silver prints have a long lifespan if well-maintained. Most 20th cen...
Scarcity, condition, and the identity of the photographer and subject all play a role in determining the value of antique and vintage photographs. Some examples of popular (and collectible) photographers include Lewis Hine, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Danny Lyon, Paul Outerbridge, Jr., and the photographers associated with the Farm Security Administration, such as Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans.
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Kevin Cuneo: Wine country book a keeperGoErie.com, August 27th
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Art openings and events: Aug. 29-Sept. 4Cincinnati.com, August 27th
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown. The Cincinnati Room. Images that capture life along the Ohio River, featuring vintage photographs from library's collection. Exhibit continues...Read more
Exhibits: museums and galleriesThe Recorder, August 27th
The display includes sample rocks from closed mines, maps, geology diagrams, and antique photographs of the mines and the people who worked in them. Also an exhibit on artist John Marin, who spent time in Rowe and a new display of antique clothing...Read more
Dam can power 30000 homesBaraboo News Republic, August 27th
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Strathcona County Museum gets into Games with special sports exhibit 0Sherwood Park News, August 26th
Displayed in the sporting exhibit, produced by a number of volunteers, are a number of uniforms, antique photographs from the early 1900s, memorabilia and equipment from popular sports like hockey, baseball, track and field, swimming, golf and curling...Read more
Previously unseen Beatles photos offered in OhioPoughkeepsie Journal, August 25th
In his long career, Burton shot publicity photos for such clients as Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park and the Playboy Club that was downtown, and operated a gallery dealing in rare and antique photographs. Prints of up to 50 of his images will be on...Read more
Vintage photographs get another showing in HerrinThe Southern, August 6th
HERRIN -- People who like historical pictures of Herrin get another chance to look at a vintage photograph collection shown previously on May 23 during HerrinFesta Italiana. "Looking Back," a slide show of more than 100 images, will be presented again...Read more