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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Going through my storage the other day, I found this photo album. I bought this about 25 years ago. It came in a box of books at a auction here in South Dakota. It is embossed on the cover " Interior Views, 1179 Dean St, Brooklyn N.Y." It contains I photo of a exterior view and 20 interior views. Most of the photos are 9 1/2" x 8". The opulence of the rooms are incredible. There are no credits given for the photographer, designer, or owner. I went to a real estate site online and was able to draw up photos of the exterior of the property today. It look about the same. I wonder what kind of value something like this has. I love looking at and getting lost in the rooms details.

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    1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thank you bratjjd, Yes when you enlarge them the details are simply amazing.
    2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thanks Bellin68 and packrat-place
    3. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years ago
      That display cabinet in the centre of the room is fantastic, there is so much to take in FANTASTIC !
    4. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Those are great photographs-- it is a plus that you know the location.

      My thoughts on value:

      As far as value, I'd put them at about $15- $35 individually (these type of images don't have a big collector following). Some collectors of items shown in the photographs (furniture, stained glass, vases, etc...) would probably pay more depending on what is in the image and if it were marketed toward that particular collector group.

      Unfortunately, sold as a group of 20 photographs it would bring less-- probably in the $150- $250 range.

      Of course the current owner of the building MIGHT be willing to pay more!

    5. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Phil, thanks for the love. When I pulled this place up on the internet, it said it was built in 1901. So I would say you are pretty close with 1910. I imagine it took a couple years just to decorate this place to this degree. When I looked at that parlor with that cabinet, I imediately thought of your collection.
    6. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thanks for your asessment Scottvez, I think from a photo collectors point, your probably right on. But I think it would have greater value to someone in the interior design, architecture student, or historical renovator, ect. I also feel it would be more valuable kept intact, because of the overall story it tells. And yes the current owners of the property! I know that I value it much more, because of the detail in the architecture, and it shows how many of the things I collect today would have been displayed originaly. If I owned a victorian house I would use it as a road map. Thanks again for your help.
    7. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thanks for the love walksoftly
    8. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Concur, rocker.

      From an historical perspective all the value is in it being a complete record/ snapshot of the house at a particular time.

      I am glad to hear it will stay together.

    9. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thanks Dr_Rambow
    10. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 10 years ago
      Thank You BeauxPurdy, can't you fancy, lounging in these wonderful rooms?
    11. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 10 years ago
    12. Tjo88, 5 years ago
      My mother, who just celebrated her 90th birthday was born in that house. She is the last surfing member of the family, which consisted of 5 children. The home was owned by my grandfather, who was an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Manhattan. I would really enjoy seeing more photos. I'm sure my mom would love to share some of the homes history.
    13. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Tjo88, that's really about the Internet miracles!
      Your mother will enjoy these pics and we'll enjoy her stories about such a wonderful place :-)
    14. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      Tjo88 & kyratango, internet miracle indeed! I would love to hear some of your mothers comments and history of the home. I will have to try to find it as I have moved since posting this and still not sure where everything ended up. When it surfaces I will gladly post more pictures.
    15. Tjo88, 5 years ago
      rocker-sd and kyratango, thanks for getting back to me. This is my 1st time on Pinterest. I had no real expectation that I would get a response, let alone so quickly. I called my mom the other day and mentioned to her that I located your post and she was amazed. Would love to see more pictures. She's 90 years old and sharp as a whip. She told me that they moved to Dean Street when she was 3 years old. I originally thought she was born there but was misinformed. Her parents bought the house in 1929 when she was 3 yrs old and paid about $20,000. I have a 2nd mortgage note on the property in the amount of $634, with daily interest of $.11. Presently the property is going for about $1.9 million.

      When my mom was a child, her family lived in the top 3 floors, and the bottom floor was used by her dad as a medical office. She has some photos that were taken in and outside the house with family members and several of her father working in the office in his white lab coat. She told me that many of the houses on her block were owned by other doctors who also had their offices on the 1st floor. She remembers that her dad was pretty popular with boxers in NYC because he would do plastic surgery on their "cauliflower" ears and fix their noses. She remembers as a little girl on Monday nights going with her dad to the neighborhood bar where they would listen to the fights on the radio. Mostly, he specialized in trachea surgery to remove objects that children had swallowed that had caught.

      When I was a child I remember my aunts and uncles telling us about a beautiful the interior woodwork and cabinetry was. Apparently the original owner did not like creases in her table linens and she had rollers installed in the walls so that the linens could be rolled out onto the dining table. my grandmother's sold the property in the mid-50's after my grandfather's death. In the late 60, I was in New York and tried to get cabdrivers to take me there, but no one would go to the neighborhood because it was so dangerous. my uncle told me that he saw the house in the mid 60s, and most of the copper piping and electrical had been ripped out by vandals for scrap. Apparently the banks tried to offload the properties but couldn't give them away. I visited the property about 7 years ago and, according to a kid who lived in the house, at that time there were 4 families living in it. The boy told me that at times as many as 6 families would live there. Other houses on the street at that time were being purchased and renovated. Now, the neighborhood is pretty upscale. I would like to contact the new owners and will do some research to try and get in touch with them to find out what the property looks like today.

      Once again, thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. If you happen to find the book, I know my mom would really love to see any additional pictures.
    16. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      That album is a dream come true. Congratulations.

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