Cowan’s American History: Premier Auction June 22nd

Lot 252, 1/4 plate Daguerreotype Estimated Value $1,500-$2,500 (USD) Cowan’s June 22, 2018 Auction

Toronto. I had an email from the Daguerreian Society a few days ago on the 14th announcing the latest Cowan’s American History Premier Auction  this Friday, June 22nd in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featured are numerous dags, ambros, tintypes, and albumen photographs (like the fireman at left). Click on the Cowan’s site for full details and catalogue.

The email states in part, “Cowan’s is pleased to offer several outstanding collections of early photography in its June 22 American History Premier Auction including the first parts of the Steve Roden Collection: Music in Vernacular Photographs and Charles A. and Frances Swedlund Collection of Early Photography.

“The Charles A. and Frances Swedlund Collection of Early Photography is an extensive collection of upwards of 1,000 daguerreotypes, as well as ambrotypes, tintypes, and albumen photographs. The collection is the culmination of nearly four decades of selective collecting and features one of the most remarkable assemblages of postmortem daguerreotypes to be offered to the public in recent memory.

“Part I of the Steve Roden Collection: Music in Vernacular Photographs offers an exceptional selection of music-themed photography from the man who literally wrote the book on the subject. The collection includes several hundred cased images, CDVs, cabinet cards, and real photo postcards dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th century featuring musicians and bands posed with their instruments, unique musical creations, and early listening and recording devices. Many of the photographs offered in the collection are illustrated in the book, …i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: music in vernacular photographs, 1880-1955, published by Steve Roden in 2011.”

 

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