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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Of historical noteSentinel and Enterprise, December 8th
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Dining in the theatre districtBudapest Times, December 8th
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A COCC prof role plays to teach the plagueBend Bulletin, December 7th
Many of the paintings are still hard to find outside of Eberle's photograph collection, which he has shared online. At the time, he found one of the works spread out on a desk in an administrative office. Now Eberle uses the paintings in his lectures...Read more
Art events: CANCELLED: MAY'N in ManilaManila Standard Today, December 7th
From vintage photographs, Roslin pieced together scenes that will fill up surfaces of the canvas. Samson's series combines humor and candor to make amends with issues that somehow escape us. Their exhibit will be on display until Jan. 10, 2014 at the ...Read more
Elaborate paper gowns blend worlds of art, fashion, literatureThe Seattle Times, December 6th
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Librarians help patrons preserve vintage holiday photosChicago Tribune, December 5th
Winnetka resident Rose Latter enjoyed a recent lesson in digital technology at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library that taught her how to enlarge a vintage photograph of her father and grandfather on a beach in England, circa 1929. (Karen Ann...Read more
Senator Christopher Bateman receives vintage photograph from Clark familySuburban News, December 2nd
Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and his fourth grade son, Joey, present Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman with a vintage photograph as a token of thanks for a personalized tour of the New Jersey Statehouse earlier this week. Senator Bateman had provided the ...Read more
Chilliwack Museum and Archives to be home of Norman's photograph collectionChilliwack Progress, November 26th
Chilliwack Museum and Archives to be home of Norman's photograph collection. Tweet. by Contributed - Chilliwack Progress; posted Nov 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives will receive one of its largest donations of photographic ...Read more