Sunday, 26 February 2012

How much is an old photo worth, and how long IS a piece of string??



These two questions go hand in hand although the latter seems to be an easier one to answer. 


I buy and sell old photos and postcards for a living, that’s a full-time living, with kids, a dog, a ridiculously high electricity bill, the whole package, so I need to have a fair idea of what I’m buying to keep my ‘dealers’ badge rather than become a full time collector with expensive taste!  I buy my photos the old fashioned way, by door knocking established areas and simply asking to purchase old albums and odd black and white photos. To most people, this may seem a little daunting, but let me assure you, it’s easy and most of the time, fun.  It’s always nice to see the change of expression on people’s faces when you tell them you’re not selling anything….you’re BUYING!

Rhine II
Let’s get the juices flowing first. The most expensive photo ever sold is Andreas Gursky's Rhine II, a simple (and I do stress SIMPLE) photo of a bit of water, a band of sky and some thin strips of grass (just saying it how it is), it fetched $4.3 million dollars on November the 11th 2011. The next most expensive photo was a self portrait by Cindy Sherman as a younger girl lying on a tiled floor (I’m trying hard not to be cynical ), it fetched $3.89 million dollars in May 2011. Now I can continue down the list, but you can tell we are talking about art, not so much the photo. 
Billy the Kid
However, in 6th place on the all time expensive list is a rather weathered snap of Billy the Kid, the famous American outlaw, this managed a modest $2.3 million also in 2011. This photo is what I term ‘real’, not artistic for arts sake, but historical, topical and not stylised.  I can hear you saying the likely hood of finding photos like these amongst someone’s albums is nil. As for the artsy stuff, I have to agree, but as far as images of famous historical people, or images of historical importance, the odds are higher than you think.

Ebay has been the go to hub of collectors for years now.  With a few short clicks a wealth of information is paraded past you giving you a sense of ‘know it all’ power, having the value of nearly everything at your finger tips.  In December 2011, an album containing snaps of Military China sold for more than $6600, and another Chinese album for $6400.  An Egyptian album went for $5000, $3000 for photos of dental equipment!!  I myself recently sold an album of WW1 snaps for a little over $1600. This is only within the last month, and I haven’t even started on the signed portraits. I bought an album last year and found 3 old gentlemen from the early 1900’s all signed at the bottom, a little research later and I realised I was looking at 3 Australian Prime Ministers. A few years ago I had the privilege of selling one of my photos to a Texas museum after uncovering the man in question was in fact Buffalo Bill Cody.
Buffalo Bill Cody

Now be assured, it’s not all diamonds and hot meals, there’s alot of ‘stuff’ you have to wade through to discover the gems, but even in the most mundane of photos, there’s a collector with an interest. Who would of thought that pictures of men with beards, tricycles, fishing rods, aeroplanes, cows, beach gymnastics, would all have a dollar value. CDV (Carte de Visite) albums are fascinating. French for Visiting Card, these types of photos were predominately portraits and ranged from approx. 1854 through to 1890. They were an albumen print which means egg whites were used in the developing (reason why most turn yellow with age) with the image attached to a stiff card back often with the studio’s name printed at the bottom.  Here amongst the small pocket sized images you will find mostly family shots, but also some very (expensive) famous people, as the card was often replicated and sold on as either a business card or advertisement. People of notoriety have a habit of wanting to be remembered, so not many shied away from this new technology that promised them eternity. From about 1875 till 1905 Cabinet cards were very popular. Similar to CDV’s, they were larger in size and are found to have more landscape images on them, as the camera was evolving and making it’s way outdoors. 

Gold Miners 1880
 In this era just before the turn of the century, virtually all these types of photos will have a good dollar value, but the best of them can skyrocket. As you flip through hundreds of images you will start to notice the ones that stand out a little more, people with a uniform, a penny farthing bike, a shot of a grocery store, or an official gathering. Remember that photos at this time were the domain of the wealthy and not as common as the family album of today. For the average in this category each photo will be worth approximately $1-$5, the stand outs should get between $40 - $100, with some research and as much information as possible, a good photo card normally fetches between $100 - $500.

The invention of the Box Brownie ( you push the button, we do the rest ) by Kodak revolutionised the world of photography when it was invented just after 1900 and sold on mass around 1920. Now one in every three homes had access to a camera, and as with all new technology, everyone was excited and eager to push the boundaries. We had an insight into war like never before. It’s these early, sometimes grainy shots of action in the trenches that still fascinate the collectors today. Small ‘field’ photos average between $10 - $100 depending on the level of action. 
Landing at Anzac Cove
Group photos of Battalions (often printed on postcards) should get between $20 - $120 depending on the level of action the soldiers had seen (e.g. Australian 10th battalion landing at Gallipoli). It’s not uncommon to find small albums containing one man’s journey through WW1, these along with any supporting paraphernalia that creates a ‘package’ often get the best prices, average $200 - $2000.

As industry booms, the record of every new invention becomes a legacy that needs to be captured on film. Popular photos from the 1920’s to the 1950’s include; Trains, buses, aeroplanes, ships, buildings, bridges, factories, and even movie theatres. Anything that will announce to the world  ‘How great is man’s creation’. It’s not yet the place for natural, artistic landscapes. It does however include ‘landmarks’, that people are seeing for the first time with the luxury of fast, economical world travel. The Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, the Suez Canal are just a few of the more common shots I come across. All of these original snaps have value, starting from around $3-$5 each to mega bucks if you own a photo of something world renown that no longer can be photographed, e.g. The Titanic (launching photo sold recently $2750), The Hindenburg in flight ($1100) and so on. Sport is another huge arena when it comes to pricey photos. The likes of Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, and of course ‘our Don Bradman’ even in a candid pose can bring anywhere from $100 upward, and a good majority can be found signed, which will just make the image skyrocket! 
Don Bradman Invincibles


Always remember one golden rule. Only buy original photo’s or slide’s! Copies, reprints, book images, calendar shots, and newspaper images are, in nearly all circumstances (rare exceptions) are worthless.

So if you are buying to sell, be wary and in the beginning, be cheap. Get to know your buyers and the things that make them go Mmmm. If you are a collector, always pick a genre that appeals to you, something fun. It’s great to learn more about a topic with the aid of great photos. Ultimately, like all keen collectors, you will also become the teacher, and pass on your knowledge to others of like mind.
“Do something you love, and the money will come”

By the way, for those still wrestling with the latter question. A piece of string is defined as being long enough to use on a small task but not long enough to have an excess amount left over, this worldly measurement comes in at 47 centimetres !!

Feel free to check out my vintage photos at www.fadedmemories.com.au.


89 comments:

  1. I have three photos, that I believe to be worth value but have not been able to find out how to check and see. The first is of "As Time Goes By" the picture with humphrey b, at the piano, the second is three actors I can not remember the names, and lastly one of Bill Cosby with the famous Tennis Player Ash I think his name was oh I also have a old JET Magazinw with the cast from Good Times on the front...need help!

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  2. I have several photo graph of the 1940 and 1960 and not sure how much there worth . I have photos of nelson rockefeller , j.t.desilva , carl george , james b. Potter, picketing millirons, and the white front picket line and more need help........... (323) 315-8254 if u could help please call

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  3. I have two pictures Marko manufactures back of one reads exclusively designed and styled for copo turn picture no 2386 title pompeiian the other picture is missing label but the have same green velvet back ground and frame pictures are 8x10 including frame do you have any idea what they might be worth and how old

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  4. That's copo turn

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  5. I have a picture of the Henrose Hotel in Detroit Michigan. It is in great condition. However, I believe the hotel was shut down in 1963 and converted to an apartment complex that still stands today. I was wondering if this photograph might be worth something.

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  6. I have old black and white nude pictures of woman, they are small square pics with a small metal frames. Very beautiful woman contact for best offer.

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  7. How long is a piece of string? Answer, twice the distane from center to both ends.

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  8. I have a daguerreotype in an original leather folding frame dated May 10, 1865. It's of a man 4" X 5" complete with a swatch of his hair. I'm interested in it's worth.
    Thank you,
    Matt
    m4dressler@yahoo.com

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  9. G'day,

    Daguerreotypes of this size normally sell for US$20-$60. Yours has a swatch of hair that normally is attributed to the persons passing, or a photo for a Funeral, this would increase the price marginally.
    If the photo is of someone of notoriety, in a uniform, in an unusual pose, with an unusual prop, the price can increase dramatically (up to and over US$1000).
    Check Ebay 'completed items' for a more visual reference.
    Hope this helps.
    Joe

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  10. Thanks for the article! Good information. A friend of mine has original photos of the Hearst family taken by their family photographer. One of the photos has Hillary Clinton in it. Any idea what they could be worth or who would be interested in buying them? My friend is in a situation in which she could really use the money. Your guidance would be appreciated.

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    1. If you're talking about the Hearst Media Corporation family, then the photos would definitely have some value.
      A look into the lives of the wealthy or of celebrity status always has collectors with an inquisitive interest reaching deep into their pockets.
      It would all depend on the nature of the photos, and of course, the 'right' to the photos e.g have the been given permission and ownership to do what they want with them depending on the age and sensitivity of the images.
      Best to seek out the advice of a good antique dealer or Broker that deals in Ephemera.
      Normal unsigned Clinton photos go for only $10-$20. Candid photos always sell for more.
      Probably not the detail you were hoping for, it's a bit hard without seeing them.
      Best of luck.
      Joe.

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    2. I got a couple war photos i cant post them on here tho would you be able to help me with value ?

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    3. And i got a photo of a water slide the water slide was called "chutes" photo took from L.A 1940s or before at a amusement park

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  11. Help I have a cache of some very old photos I'd like some help determining the value of.

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  12. So I have a ton of very old photos that date from the late 1800's to the early/mid 1900's. The photos follow the genealogy of 3 families the Dixons, Lemasters, and the Snow's. Families who genealogy trace back to the Mayflower. All are original photos of things like, the Oregon Trail, the first ever University of Idaho football team, old college faturinities, old disasters. Along withe the photo I have a lot of old memrobila like diplomas from 1906, diaries, and mining certicates.. Please I am in need of help or guidance.

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    1. G'day Daniel,

      This sort of collection has a very high value, not just because of the nature of the photos, but because of the provinance along with supporting paper items.
      Obviously one off photos of Football teams, Frat houses and the like will have collectors eager to buy.
      If you have the time to research the pieces, divide the lot into Family groups and write a detailed description, then Ebay may be your best bet. Include lots of images with watermarks (so no one just copies them from the Ebay site).
      To get a second opinion, have a different avenue of sale, or to get an idea of value (as sight of these items would help greatly), search out a local or City Auction house that has success in selling Ephemera, and get them to give you an estimate/appraisal (free).
      Sounds like a great lot, and if it's not sentimental to you, may make a fantastic Xmas holiday!
      All the best.
      Joe.

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  13. G'day Daniel,

    This sort of collection has a very high value, not just because of the nature of the photos, but because of the provinance along with supporting paper items.
    Obviously one off photos of Football teams, Frat houses and the like will have collectors eager to buy.
    If you have the time to research the pieces, divide the lot into Family groups and write a detailed description, then Ebay may be your best bet. Include lots of images with watermarks (so no one just copies them from the Ebay site).
    To get a second opinion, have a different avenue of sale, or to get an idea of value (as sight of these items would help greatly), search out a local or City Auction house that has success in selling Ephemera, and get them to give you an estimate/appraisal (free).
    Sounds like a great lot, and if it's not sentimental to you, may make a fantastic Xmas holiday!
    All the best.
    Joe.

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  14. I have a friend who has a lot of old pictures and they are of people and they are black and white no color what should i do to find out how much they are. Email me at skyeyes.m@gmail.com or my friend at miranda444r@gmail.com thanks

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    1. G'day,

      Which Country are the photos from, and where are you?
      It's always best to sight the photos to get a better picture of the true value.
      Are they of the same family, how old are they, are there any other things in the photos e.g cars, recognisable builings etc.?

      Joe.

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  15. I have an entire album of black and white original images from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Photos of the Olympic Village, athletes (a few candid shots of Owens and Zamparini), Events, and other odds and ends are in there. The original ticket into the games, too. I have no idea where to begin with the value.

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    1. Definitely a great and collectable group of Ephemera.
      Best sold as one lot. If you can wait for the next Olympics to come around, Ebay the lot then, lots of interest brings a premium.
      If you cant wait, separate the photos and tickets, and sell one by one on Ebay.
      You might get a real suprise if they are all indeed originals.

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  16. I have lots of old photos !! I have a pic of jesus in the clouds ,yes its very real my grandmother kept it put up, it is from 64or67 there is a big story behind it she wrote on the back,also I have a pic of Alcatraz in 44 and the great wall of china same time era, my great-grandfather was in the war Ihave others but cant ask about all, so many! can you tell me what these could be worth . please tell me if I have somethings worth something I could really use some money right now!!!

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    1. Hey Sophia,

      Unfortunately the Jesus pic isn't worth much, religious items either have to be really old or hand delivered from the Pope. I normally deal in photos, not so much art.
      Send me a photo of the Alcatraz and Wall of China through Facebook so I can give you an idea of what you have.
      All the best.
      Joe.

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    2. sorry it has been so long for me to get back to you but my husband had surgery and it did not go well, but he is better now and home, thank god!! also I use the public library in my hometown, do not have internet at home. the jesus picture I have is a photo, it was taken 1964 or 1967 it is very real my grandmother had it looked at its not fake, you can see jesus in the clouds his robe and not his face, the other two pictures Ive sent to your facebook with the jesus picture. thanks for your help in figuring out what I have,I have 1000's of cool old photos love to know all there worth but I will start here thanks again hope to talk soon. p.s. I could not take good pictures of them cause I use a old ipod it sucks for taken pics!

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    3. to your facebook site faded memories.

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  17. I have 1908 photos of the connection gang in jenks and glenpool okl. Im trying to value
    also
    jan 1961 dated photos of jfk grtting out of air fource one and into the Cadillac im not sure if they are from the 20th of that month I would like to find out a vaule and if they are from the 20th or not can u help
    -jt

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    1. G'day JT,

      Connection gang photos and similar are always sought after, what size are they?
      Same question for the JFK shots, is there an official photographers name on them?
      Joe.

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    2. The 1908 photos of the connection gang, are 16.5cm x 12cm and 11.5x 17 cm the jfk phtos arenall 12x8 cm

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    3. A bit hard to be accurate without seeing them. If they are indeed original, any early photos of Civil works would be sought after in the area they were taken. Given the size of them I'd say between US$25-50 each.
      The JFK ones are a bit tricky. They could be sample shots of Publication photos.
      They are dime a dozen ($5-$10 each) unless they are someones personal shots which can bring $50 to $100 each depending on the uniqueness of the subject.
      Best run them by a local auction house that deals in Ephemera just to make sure.
      Hope this helps.
      Joe.

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  18. My father lives in Las Vegas and he owns a really old portrait of a young boy. Can I send you a pic of item and you let me know if this hold any value.
    Thanks....

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  19. My father lives in Las Vegas and he owns a really old portrait of a young boy. Can I send you a pic of item and you let me know if this hold any value.
    Thanks....

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  20. I have 47 Photos of the first car trip across Canada. The henry Ford Historical society is interested but would like to know approx. what they are worth. Can you help me out?

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    1. Hi Donald,
      Do you know if there are any other images of this trip, and how many? It would also help to know if all of your photos are indeed original, and not copies of any sort.
      As with most photo values, the provinence or story behind them helps to verify what they're worth.
      How did you come by them, and how did the Henry Ford Historical society know you have them?
      All the best.
      Joe.

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  21. Hello, I just came across 2 photos in an auction lot I won, one of Charles Francis Adams (son of John Quincy Adams) and the other his wife, Abigail Brooks Adams. Both in excellent condition. They have George M. Cushing, Jr. Photography stamp on the back and their names written. His photo has the date 1829 written on it as well. Is it possible these are the real deal? and how do I know??

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  22. Have pics dated from 1475 to 1564 michelangelo separation of light and darkness. Would like to no if any value.would like to sell.

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    1. Hi,

      I normally only deal in photos. You either have an incredibly expensive collection of original paintings, or pretty common prints, which unfortunately are not worth a great deal.
      That saying, if they are nicely framed, a local auction house would be your best bet.
      Good luck.
      Joe.

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  23. I have a panoramic view picture of the green in New Haven , Ct . It shows the three churches and Yale University in the back ground. It is dated Nov, 1914. Does this have any value?

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    1. It would have a slightly higher interest value due to the image taken during WW1.
      You could try Ebay, and depending on the size and clarity, you could expect around $25-$45.
      Best of luck.

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  24. I have a collection of photographs taken of the streets of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. The photographs include pictures of damaged historical buildings and rescue crews. Is it possible these photographs are valuable?

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    1. Definitely! A great period of rare photography. You would have to make sure you have originals or original postcards, not cheaper prints.
      Online auctions like Ebay would be the best bet.

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  25. Do you purchase photos? I have a collection of 16 vintage photo albums. 9 of them have photos in them. All the photos are of people. Some are identified with writing, and some have the name of the photography studio printed on the picture.

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    1. I am still constantly buying old photos.
      I am based in South Australia, where are you.
      What type/age are the images you have?
      Is it possible to send through some pics of the photos to my email?

      All the best.
      Joe.

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  26. Hi. My 90 yr old mom has a pic of her mom and aunt from the 1890s approx. They are 2 little girls in beautiful handmade fancy dresses. It is on a card photographer's nane stamped Krieghoff in essex ontario canada. Hiw would we find out the value? I can send u a picture of it. Thanks for your help. Sherry

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  27. Hi. My 90 yr old mom has a pic of her mom and aunt from the 1890s approx. They are 2 little girls in beautiful handmade fancy dresses. It is on a card photographer's nane stamped Krieghoff in essex ontario canada. Hiw would we find out the value? I can send u a picture of it. Thanks for your help. Sherry

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  28. Hi Sherry,

    Pictures of people, unless of notoriety, don't hold a great deal of value. Some will collect them for the period costume, but the value here would be to do with the photographer "Krieghoff".
    I believe he is the son of a very famous painter that moved to Canada in the mid 1800's.
    Hard to say exactly, but a Cabinet Card on Ebay may fetch around $50-$80.
    Hope this helps.
    Joe.

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  29. Hi i need help on these old photographs books dating black in 1838 1934

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  30. Hi i need help on these old photographs books dating black in 1838 1934

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    1. Hey Keyshawna,

      I doubt the books would have original photos from 1838, most albums have photos as far back as 1845.
      If they are all originals, I can probably help, if they are printed in a book, I can't.
      Send a couple of images through.
      All the best,
      Joe.

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  31. I believe I have a picture of Lizzie Borden

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  32. I believe I have a picture of Lizzie Borden

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  33. I believe I have a picture of Lizzie Borden

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    1. Hi Keith,

      Anything crime related has a great collectability.
      Given the rough estimate of the year this would have been taken, you either have a CDV (small) or Cabinet Card (large).
      CDV would sell for around $100-120, Cabinet Card $150-190, possibly a bit more depending on the quality of image.
      Best of luck.
      Joe.

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  34. Hello i have a collection of around 100 original photos of the errs discovery oceanographic voyage from a personal camera, never seen before, with writing on the back of most of the photos of names of crew and descriptions of what the crew were doing in the photo along with some dates on them. They were my grandfathers who was on the ship and in many of the photos. could i have some idea on the value please many thanks

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    1. Hi,
      Do you mean RRS (Royal Research Ship) with Ernest Shackleton?
      If so, these would be highly prized and would probably end up alongside the Ship in Dundee Scotland.
      Good clear images, with strong subject matter depending on their size have in the past fetched upward of US$300-500 each.
      As a collection and with provable provinance, I would say your looking around $20000-$30000 given some images would be of poor quality.
      Is it possible to see one of the images and the handwriting on the back?

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  35. Hi I have a book with old b/w photos placed in. of Westminster London around 1901 many various shots Big Ben London Bridge ect I think it's the coronation of Edward. And the other book is of photos of some Jamaican looking island maby trinnadad and Tobago I was wondering what the value would be for insurance as I dident think any one would want to buy them but since looking around I have realised they do but I have no idea what value to put on them and living in the Channel Islands there wouldn't be many buyers they were all taken by a wealthy local who traveled the world I hope you can help many thanks Stu

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  36. I have old photo album of the Winchester famly letters etc.. Albert e Winchester printing co late 1800a also postcards

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  37. I have old photo album of the Winchester famly letters etc.. Albert e Winchester printing co late 1800a also postcards

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  38. This is for Anonymous you say your grandmother ha$ a pic of Jesus up in the clouds? Oh my gosh was her name Naomi not sure if that is how its spelled but a lady that is very dear to me had a pic of that very thing she was my sunday school teacher my friend my everthing that photo belonged to her i was a small child when she showed it to me and told me the story behind it. Please let me know it would be crazy if its the same lady!

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  39. I have a picture of a hotel that was built in 1817.It is still standing an is in a frame..was wondering if you could tell me if it might be worth anything at all..

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  42. I just received an old box containing around 100 photos and postcards from the 1800's to early to 1900's that belonged to my Great Grandmother. Some of the images and the portraits w/paper engraved frames are both visually stunning and amazing. What do you recommend I do with these photos? Cause to me some of these look like they belong in a photograph museum.

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  43. I have a picture of the rock dad back when he was in his 20s I have no clue what it worth its an original photo of him

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  44. I have a photograph of Robert E. Lee that I believe is from 1870 and the last known photo of him. It is a 16 x 20 I believe. How can I go about getting a appraisal?

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  45. My boyfriend purchased an old photo of Ernest Hemmingway and his fishing guide Chico Arguilles with what I'm assuming is the black marlin they used during the filming of, The Old Man and the Sea. The photo is autographed by Chico and definitely needs to be restored. The Photo is about 45 inches wide and maybe 70 inches tall not good at guessing measurements. It was taken in the year 1956 in Cabo Blanco, Peru. The marlin weighed 900 lbs. Although we are absolutely in love with this photo we would love to see it restored and on display somewhere. It's beautiful.

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  46. Ok..I'm at a research block, I have 4 photos. All look like predominant people, late 1800s. Paper thin photos on cardboard with Wm.P.HOIT, photographer and Ambrotypist, CONCORD, N.HAVE. inked with design on back. I'd would be eternally grateful to you if you could help me. My email address is tracyatwood77@gmail.com . I could send you pics of the pics, lol. Anyways, please contact me. Thank you, Tracy

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  47. I have some old Russian photos: before revolution, it's marked 1908, then after revolution 1918, the same person pictured in GULAG ( he worked for the NKVD) then him in Berlin. I also have some post cards Stalin's time. All are originals with authentic writing. Where can I sell them? Please, let me know if you have any ideas or want them. Pictures are in good condition. My email is lhorback@gmail.com

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  48. I have a slew of vintage photos. Meaning 75+ maybe over 100. My Grandmother passed, but I don't think they're family? Could be wrong? I'd like to sell them, but have idea what they may be worth? Maybe nothing. Maybe a lot? I don't know? Any advice.

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  49. Wow - glad to find this website. My aunt was in a few movies in the 20's and 30's but her big connection to Hollywood and the social scene was that she was married to director Eddie Sutherland (WC Fields, etc). She had a large personal collection of celebrity photos, all are vintage. Some candids at Hollywood party's, studio promo shots, press releases, professional portraits, 'on set' studio pix, etc. Some are signed. The 'bigger' stars are easily identified (Lila Lee, Lon Chaney, Dennis O'Keefe, Colette Lyons, Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, etc), but I'm having trouble with some of the others. Any suggestions or direction for assistance in putting names to these faces and to establish a value of the collection? -- who buys them? They're in great condition (considering some are likely close to 90 years old !!), she had them in her albums so some have the little black mounting corners still attached. Appreciate any feedback !

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  50. have a great very old photo of a small little dancer girl in a tutu it says edgar evensen on the bottom
    email me at ethanbobeefin2012@gmail.com

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  51. Hi! I have an old photo of Paul von Hindenburg and was wondering if it is worth something? Email me at chantalburatt@yahoo.com

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  52. I have an old photo of General McArthur getting off a plane with what I believe is Elanor Roosevelt. Any idea what it might be worth? email me at jadeann182@yahoo.com

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  53. I have two pictures of Amelia Earhart. One next to her plane and one after her first attempt failed flying around the world. I also have six pictures of Shirley Temple as a young child at Schofield Barracks 1935. I am trying to see what they may be worth. Please email me at janetslife13@gmail.com

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  54. I have a very old photograph I would' like to find out if has any value how can I find out?

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  55. I have a painting of a little girl wearing a bonnet and in the right hand corner is a crown with the number 1879 and in the left hand corner is a signature but I can't read it and the back of the painting is papered. How can I find out if it is worth anything? Thank you

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  56. We have about 200 pictures and the postcard picture about 300 from the last1800 to early 1900 curious on worth the are from photography places we were told back then the only family's that were able to get pictures taken were families with money. Postcards have more than just people on them. Thanks from illinois

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  57. I just posted about all the pictures please email ashley.hammack04@gmail.com

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  58. I have a couple of overland car photos dated 1914, not sure if worth anything would like to know if anyone would be interested. Please help, point me in a direction.

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  59. Azenia Corleone3 June 2017 at 07:31

    I have a collection of photo frm one family blood line. Photos dating back to the 1850's. How can i tell how much each one of them are worth?

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  60. I have two old photo albums that I bought in France about 20 years ago. One album - cardboard cover - is a family's vacation trip to the Loire Valley & aix en Province in the 1960's. Also contains some photos of Paris - Notre dame &c. Little square 3" x 3" B&W photos
    the other is a leather bound album or a young man incl shots from his military life, and a vacation in what looks like Marseilles - the bathing suits suggest the 60's. Stuck in back are a couple of formal wedding shots in cardboard protectors from a photo studio in Algiers. What's the best place to sell them? How much are they worth. I think I paid about $15 a piece for them.

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  61. I have a photo of the country attorney in his clients from 1764 I need to know where to go to have this app Ray

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  62. my name is john luke I live in Lakeland ga. me and my wife move in a farm house that have pretty big barn in back, I went and started cleaning it out. and found a old picture of the st.louis police relief circus dated from 1882 to 1942 I've been trying to find out something on it and found new paper clipping from the 1930.s and a lot of old picture from the 1930's and also I found a picture from 1941 of the shrine auditorium where they made the first king kong movie can tell something about them ,.

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  63. hi there I'm Mario I need some advice, I have had in my possession a very large family estate photo collection that I came across at a sale. In this huge lot there was everything I needed to start a geneology family tree, there are about six five year diaries that date back to the early 1930s 5 of those were written by one woman, another by her dad this one is written in the late 1800s. There are a lot of different types of pictures CDV cabinet photos some with names on the back and through Ancestry.com I was able to find out who they were. Puzzliing this family was a lot of fun and now I would like to sell it but do you think its worth more as a lot as in everything together? or selling photo at a time? keep in mind that there are hundreds of pictures, letters, cabinet cdv, old old film, snapshots, postcards, diaries, receipts, obituaries, original newspapers with updates on the war WWII, college diarie/scrapbooks, class pictures when only 7 people graduated from 1897, many different class pictures and time periods mid 1800s-1960s. So back to the original ?? selling as a whole lot or by piece?

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  64. I got a 4x6 foot colored photo of diamondhead crater, it's like translucent the back is as nice as the front. It was supposedly came from the pan am terminal during the 1939 Golden Gate expo on treasure island from a navy guy who was stationed there after the navy took over the island. I don't know anything about it rarity value who made it or where it was made. The photo is between 2 panes of glass and weivhs about 100 pounds. Any info would be really great. Aloha brad

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  65. I inherited a very extensive collection of Humble/Esso tanker photos from the early 1960's specifically Esso Peru and Esso Cuba and the Manhattan that was a tanker icebreaker that went through the Northwest Passage. Several albums document the ceremonies of the launching of these ships. Any idea as to value or who would want these photos?

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  66. I inherited a large amount of old Black and white Photos. Late 1920's through 1960's. Some are labeled some are not. I am interested in selling.

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  67. Hello there i have these 6 old postcards my Husbands Father got while he was serving in the special service battalion in the 11 world war. one of the post cards has been written on by him but never posted. The postcards looks like they were purchased in italy here are the names,Venezia-Ponte Nuqvo della Stazione e Chiesa degli Scalzi, This postcard pictures boats and a bridge with people walking in the walkway.all 6 are of different scenes in Venezia are these post card worth any thing and where is the best pace to sell them i will be grateful for your help

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  68. I have photo albums full of black& white photos one white old Post cards boxes full slids same of kenndy in moter cad,on military base orther of military,old family photos Ike too sell them

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