Category Archives: auction

a plausible camera

Toronto. In North America, we considered the Graphic and Graflex cameras the work horses of news hounds. In Europe, this pride of place went to the Plaubel Makina made in Frankfort, Germany. The Plaubel Makina drawing for this post is … Continue reading

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antique photographica sale tomorrow

Toronto. We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pharmaceutical houses world wide are rushing to find a suitable vaccine. We are using remote meetings via ZOOM, adding pdf specials via MailChimp, and obeying the medical guidelines as much … Continue reading

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** Our very first OUTDOOR Auction on October 4th is CANCELLED **

Toronto. The PHSC’s first OUTDOOR auction,  planned for October, 4th IS NOW CANCELLED (September 23). Our regrets to all who planned to attend this event for the high end collectible cameras (from an estate) that we intended to auction. COVID-19 … Continue reading

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a bit of Americana

Toronto. For all you image collectors out there – if you collect or want some Americana, there is an auction next month (August 8th) online managed by American Heritage Auctions. Their catalogue for the August 8th auction is now online. … Continue reading

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add to your collection over in Maryland

Toronto. I received an email Tuesday from an auction house in Maryland that features online bids. On Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 5pm Richard Opfer Auctioneering is hosting the “Jerome ‘Pepper’ Broad Photographica Auction“. You can view the lots here. … Continue reading

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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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