June 2010


Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. Photographic Collection, Part I

June 10th – 30th, 2010

Everard & Company is pleased to announce the auction of one of the largest collections of cameras in private hands. Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. (1930-2008) collected cameras and related materials for nearly 50 years. He was one of the earliest collectors of photographic cameras starting in the 1960s and in 1968 started the Photographic Collectors Newsletter, which was the world’s first periodical on the subject.

In the early 1970‘s, Mr. Lothrop was asked by Beaumont Newhall, George Eastman House’s Director, to research their camera collection and A Century of Cameras was published in 1973 with an expanded edition in 1982. More recently he was commissioned to write about the Spira collection with his research appearing as The History of Photography as seen through the Spira Collection (2001). He published and lectured internationally and was widely respected as one of the most knowledgeable and generous experts on the subject.

Some of the highlights of the collection include a No. 1 Kodak camera of 1889 (estimate $1,000-1,500), an original Brownie camera of 1900 (est. $600-900), an Edison tropical stereoscopic hand camera (est. $1,800-2,500) a collection of street cameras and an important series of American detective and hand cameras from the 1880’s-1910.

A second auction of Lothrop’s important library of original trade catalogues and reference books; photograph collection including daguerreotypes, tintypes and carte-de-visite and his own research materials will take place in the Fall.

Michael Pritchard, former director of Christie’s photographic department and acknowledged historian of photography and the camera, is acting as special consultant for the collection.

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