February 26, 2014

31st Annual Antique Photo & Postcard Shows March 16
Book Signing and Auction Preview at Antique Photo Show

ARLINGTON, VA - A discussion and book signing of an important recent photo history book and a preview of rare historic photographs being offered at a local auction were announced today by Show Manager Tom Rall as added features to the 31st Annual Spring D.C. Antique Photo and Postcards Show, Sunday, March 16, at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N. Fort Myer Dr. Arlington, VA.

Bryan Ginns, who with his wife Page edited Antique Photographica, The Collector’s Vision, from 11 a.m. until Noon will discuss the lavishly-illustrated book filled with photos from the private collections of several authors, many of whom will also be exhibiting and/or attending the show. “The book really covers a broad swath of photographic history and processes and we’re pleased that some of the authors will also be selling photographic antiques at the show,” Rall said.

Authors already committed to the show and their chapter specialties are Greg French, Daguerreotypes; Leonard A. Walle, Ambotypes; Thomas Harris, Carte de Visite (CDV); and Jeremy Rowe, autochromes and photographic postcards. “We expect some of the other authors of the 16 chapters in the book will be shopping the show, so owners of the book can hunt for additional signatures,” Rall concluded.  For additional information on the book, click here.

The book signing will be followed, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, by a preview of some of the top lots scheduled for the auction block Thursday, March 20 at Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA. Included in the preview will be a variety of early photographic processes by some of the most well-known photographers of their eras according to Monika Schiavo, Waverly Director.

Among the photographers featured will be Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan and William Henry Jackson, Schiavo promised. “We’ll have some CDVs, tintypes, albumens, stereoviews and a mystery daguerreotype,” Schiavo said. “Subject matter will include the Civil War, African and Native Americans, Presidents Lincoln and Grant. The catalog for the auction should be on our quinnsauction.com web site after March 3.

“This will be the first time we’ve included so many photographic lots in one of our book auctions,” she continued, “and next year we hope to launch our first all-photography auction in conjunction with the photo show,” which Rall called “an exciting collaboration.”

The DC Antique Photo and Postcard Shows open with an 8:30 AM $25 preview admission and continue 10 AM to 4 PM with a $10 public admission. 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 and blue lines.

The 31-year old photo show is in its sixth year of management by Diverse Markets Management, a D.C. company. A related postcard show was added in 2012.

For more information contact Show Manager Tom Rall, 703-534-8220; or Postcard Show Promoter Jeff Bradfield, 540-476-2666.