February 14, 2018 

35th Annual DC Antique Photo Show


Tom Rall, 72 of Arlington, announced today that he will complete a 10-year run and retire as manager after the upcoming 35th Annual D.C. Antique Photo, Postcard and Camera Shows Sunday, March 11 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N. Ft .Myer Dr. Arlington, VA 22209.

Simultaneously, Rall announced that he will make a $500 donation to The Julian Wolff Publication Fund at The Daguerrian Society, a major international photographic history organization.

"It seemed fitting that I commemorate my retirement from show management with a tribute to Julian Wolff, who was a beloved exhibitor at our show, probably for every one of its 34 years. Wolff, who died recently in his 90s, was with us all nine years that my company has managed the show previously," Rall said.

The antique photo show is the last show which Rall has managed, coincidentally also a 35-year career which began when he founded the popular Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in 1984. Both the antique photo show and flea market continue to be managed by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a DC Company, which now manages several area outdoor markets, formed by Rall and other veteran flea market managers in 2005.

DMM President Michael Berman said, "Though we'll miss Tom in an active management role, we expect he'll continue contributing to the company, which he also serves as communication director."

As to the continuation of the Arlington antique photo show, to which a postcard show was added in 2012 and a camera show for the first time this year, Berman said, "DMM continues to hold a contract with the venue for similar dates in 2019 and 2020 so we're hopeful to continue the show's tradition." He said DMM "might try to sell the show to another management company or hire a new manager."
DMM purchased the show from its founder Russell Norton, of New Haven, CT, who continues as a show exhibitor. Berman said he also expects Rall, a specialist in photographic glass lantern slides, to continue setting up a stand.

The DC Antique Photo, Postcard and Camera Shows open at 8:30 AM with a $10 public admission. However, there is $35 preview admission for the photo show until 10 AM. After 1p.m. students with ID will be admitted free. The hotel is walking distance from Georgetown and only one block from the Rosslyn station on Metro's orange, blue and silver lines. Parking is free.

For more information contact Show Manager Tom Rall, 703-534-8220; Postcard Show Promoter Jeff Bradfield, 540-476-2666; or Camera Show Manager Hernan Navarrete,757-506-1331.