March 5, 2016 



Holiday shopping begins next week for collectors of antique photographs and postcards in the District of Columbia area thanks to a collaboration between the 33rd Annual Spring D.C. Antique Photo and Postcard Shows Sunday, March 13, in Arlington and Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, VA.

In fact, the excitement has already started as Waverly yesterday posted this online catalog for its 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10 auction at the auction house, 360 South Washington St., Falls Church. The catalog lists 70 photography lots “I’ve saved for months” to offer in conjunction with the annual photo show, said Waverly Director Monika Schiavo. “And I will personally deliver to the show any lots purchased by show exhibitors and customers.”

The auction highlights 11 rare studio portraits of Native Americans from W. L. Sawyer’s Indian Art Gallery, Purcell, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). A highlight of the group is Comanche Medicine Man. The portraits are among many other lots of 19th Century Photography being offered out of a 298-lot listing including first edition books, maps and atlases, autographs, etc. The photo lots (numbered 228 thru 298 in the catalog) also include some 20th Century images, including artists such as Henri Cartier- Bresson, Eugene Harris and Lewis Baltz.

Free appraisals of antique photos, and a focus on military images will be featured among 100+ exhibitor sales tables filled with thousands of items at the Photo and Postcard Shows 8:30 am-4 pm Sunday at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington.
Appraisals will be offered by several experts, among who will be Cowan’s Auction, whose founder, Wes Cowan, is one of the appraisers appearing regularly on PBS “Antiques Roadshow.” Customers should first bring items for appraisal to the admissions desk at the front of the elevators to the Rosslyn Ballroom, where the shows are being held on the second floor. Likewise, customers with interesting military images through WWI can bring them for scanning for possible future inclusion in Military Images magazine. Ask for editor and publisher Ron Coddington at the admissions desk.

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, which also allows admission to the postcard show at 8:30. 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, silver and blue lines.  Parking is free.

The 33-year old photo show is in its eighth year of management by Diverse Markets Management, a D.C. company. The related postcard show was added in 2012. Waverly auction lots can be previewed 10am-5:30 pm Monday, 10-7 Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10 until sale time Thursday at the Falls Church galleries.

For more information contact Show Manager Tom Ral, 703-534-8220; or Postcard Show Promoter Jeff Bradfield, 540-476-2666. Waverly’s Monika Schiavo, 703-532-5632.