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Jersey Vic
01-15-2007, 10:32 AM
This is really something..and I'm not the seller (though I wish I were)

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCCUPATIONAL-BUILDING-CONSTRUCTION-DAGUERREOTYPE-V-RARE_W0QQitemZ120071777127QQihZ002QQcategoryZ408QQ rdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Michel Hardy-Vallée
01-15-2007, 10:50 AM
This is really something..and I'm not the seller (though I wish I were)

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCCUPATIONAL-BUILDING-CONSTRUCTION-DAGUERREOTYPE-V-RARE_W0QQitemZ120071777127QQihZ002QQcategoryZ408QQ rdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It's nice, seems well preserved, and was produced properly, but I fail to see the value. Not that I'm an expert on dag pricing, but isn't 3k already a bit much for it?

Jersey Vic
01-15-2007, 11:19 AM
It's mostly because of it's scarcity and collectability.
Outdoor scenes are rare as are scenes with animals as are buildings with identifable markings as are images depicting work equipment/occupational studies. This has them all.

bill schwab
01-15-2007, 11:29 AM
This is really something..Wow... Thanks for the link Vic. This type of dag is rare indeed.

Bill

Michel Hardy-Vallée
01-15-2007, 01:03 PM
It's mostly because of it's scarcity and collectability.
Outdoor scenes are rare as are scenes with animals as are buildings with identifable markings as are images depicting work equipment/occupational studies. This has them all.

Well, I never! Is it because most of the era's dag were usually portraits that anything else depicting quotidian life would be so rare?

naturephoto1
01-15-2007, 01:06 PM
Vic,

Thanks for the link. A bit too steep for my blood. :o :(

Rich

David A. Goldfarb
01-15-2007, 01:13 PM
Well, I never! Is it because most of the era's dag were usually portraits that anything else depicting quotidian life would be so rare?

Indeed. Imagine getting the horse and all the workers to hold still for a daguerreotype exposure and how many hand-polished silver plates one is going to risk to get the shot.

Michel Hardy-Vallée
01-15-2007, 01:16 PM
Indeed. Imagine getting the horse and all the workers to hold still for a daguerreotype exposure and how many hand-polished silver plates one is going to risk to get the shot.

I guess we really are spoiled now with our 3200 ISO film and f/1 lenses... ;)

Jersey Vic
01-17-2007, 10:04 AM
4K!..And it looks like the winner collects these types of images.
A past purchase:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180042107197


Sure beats the slots..

Gatsby1923
01-17-2007, 10:41 AM
WOW I wish I found that at my local flea market. Best I ever did was a box of glass plate negatives from the 1880's. Then again if i had those Dag's i have no idea what they where worth and they would just sit in my collection for years.

Dave M.

Jon Shiu
01-17-2007, 11:28 AM
Interesting that the seller and potential buyers apparently did not recognize that the clearer version is heavily photoshopped.

Jon

TheFlyingCamera
01-17-2007, 11:54 AM
I also question from the picture there that it is in fact a dag. Dags are notoriously hard to photograph. And of course, incredibly slow - there should have been some motion blur somewhere in there. Regardless, it is a highly unusual scene, and probably worth the price.