I thought I would post a couple of very nice items that have been sold recently (not to me).
First up is this beautiful tin sign advertising Seneca cameras. Seneca featured American Indians in much of its advertising. Seneca's 1912 catalogue features, basically, the same exact image (below sign).
Courtesy of Liveauctioneers.com & Showtime Auction Services (CA)
1912 Seneca Catalogue - Courtesy of Larry Pierce
The next item was another advertising piece - this time for Kodak. Surprisingly, this only sold for $ 285. I thought it would fetch much more. Quite an interesting piece for display. Circa 1930.
Image Courtesy of dantiques01 on Ebay
And, lastly, a Hit Camera in its original store display. This one I thought might fetch $ 500 or so, but it ended up brining a whopping $ 1,009 !
Locating broadsides from the Daguerreian era is particularly fascinating given you can learn so much about how the business operated as well as what the "artists" themselves thought was important to emphasize to its customers. Having a multi-paged advertising piece is even more impressive and enlightening. The New York Public Library possesses just such a piece from the well known Meade Brothers.
Various histories of the photographic lens have been written over the last 150+ years and each has its own "version" frequently based on the author's country of origin. Presented below is a history of the lens written by Reginald S. Clay in The Photographic Journal of the Royal Photographic Society, November 1922 issue.
Credit: The Royal Photographic Society (RPS.org): The Journal Archive Project