Category Archives: auction

Portrait of a Period

Toronto. Those of us who lust after Notman photos will welcome this book of the studio’s selected images from 1856-1915. Details for many Notman photographs reside in the McCord museum on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, across from McGill University. The … Continue reading

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… deja vu all over again.

Toronto. Exclaimed Yogi Berra, the NY Yankees’ master of mangled metaphors. He may have been referring to our auctions – or the lot with the box of stereo viewers (every collection needs at least one Holmes Stereo Viewer). If your collection … Continue reading

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raising value

Toronto. Collecting photographica a half century ago was relatively inexpensive.  Few cameras were valued highly. Many bargains turned up in garage sales. Few books were available on the history of photography or cameras. There was no Ebay. No internet. One … Continue reading

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the case of the glassy-eyed collector …

Toronto. On a Sunday in mid March, the glassy-eyed collector staggered into a legion hall deep in the far SW corner of the big smoke. His bleary eyes cast around the room and to his amazement he saw that he … Continue reading

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picture me, picture you, picture auntie Sue

Toronto. We all have family photos.  Once  photo prices fell in the mid 1800s, CDVs were all the rage. When the market became saturated, studios moved to larger cards like the Cabinet cards. Albums became the way to hold and … Continue reading

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nailed it! March 15, 2020 DEFERRED!!!

Toronto. Auction time again. We hold our consignment auction March 15, 2020 at the usual location in Long Branch (SW Toronto to all readers). IMPORTANT NOTICE: OUR AUTION THIS SUNDAY IS OFF AND DEFERRED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR – PASS … Continue reading

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PHSC Consignment Auction March 31, 2020

Toronto. We’re having an auction! A special auction! Everyone Welcome! The lots are being grabbed up fast! We may have room for you at the door, BUT send your photos to auction@phsc.ca and your items will be vetted and valid items sent … Continue reading

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silent night

Toronto. At our December meeting we try to have a silent auction. 2019 was no exception. Lots of things for consideration. All funds were donated to the PHSC, of course. People jotted their name and a price over the evening. … Continue reading

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owner and what was snapped affects camera price

Toronto. On October 29th, 2019 Douglas Kirkland’s Hasselblad goes under the hammer at Christie’s (NYC) in their lot 1025. Not only did the Hassy belong to Kirkland, he used it to photograph Marilyn Monroe (and if your first thought is … Continue reading

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bright lights

Toronto. In the days of film, studios used lights like the Mighty-Mole to illuminate a scene or portrait (flood) and another to provide back lighting or modelling (spot).  Such attention to detail is the mark of a professional. Similar lighting … Continue reading

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