Toronto. One thing the USA has going for it is the sheer number of daguerrotypes, related ephemera and other items of famous people. The availability of these historical objects, including the photos is open to anyone who searches them out. A frequent source of auction announcements is our sister organization, The Daguerreian Society.
A case in point is the two-day auction today and tomorrow hosted by Hindman. The Daguerreian Society on its site writes, “Hindman’s November 3-4 American Historical Ephemera and Photography Auction contains over 630 lots of early photography, militaria, broadsides, imprints, manuscript material, and other ephemera dating from the 17th century through the early 20th century.
“Day One contains property from many prominent, well-respected collectors and dealers in historical memorabilia, including George Sanders, William H. Itoh, James C. Frasca, and the Estate of Carroll J. Delery III, formerly the “Historical Shop.” Highlights include more than 85 lots of photography, weaponry, uniforms, and accoutrements from the Civil War and Militaria Collection of George Sanders; military reports, maps, post-war letters from Union and Confederate officers, and other papers gathered by Union Army officer Louis-Philippe-Albert d’Orléans, comte de Paris, while conducting research for his book History of the Civil War in America; and a half plate copy daguerreotype of Zachary Taylor.
“Day Two features an exceptional selection of 18th-20th century broadsides, ephemeral Americana, and historical documents from the Collection of James Milgram, M.D. The collection is highlighted by the first Confederate imprint, The Union is Dissolved; the earliest and rarest Lincoln assassination reward broadside, $30,000 Reward. Description of John Wilkes Booth!; and an illustrated recruitment broadside entitled, Irish Brigade 2d Regt. to be raised in Philadelphia, seeking volunteers for Company C of the 115th Pennsylvania Infantry.”