Advertising, Auctions, Mechanical Toys, Tin Toys — November 1, 2010 at 12:09 am

Old Town Auctions’ Pre-Thanksgiving Sale Nov. 19-21

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Traditionally, Old Town Auctions conducts a bountiful auction of vintage toys and antique advertising during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. This year the menu for Old Town’s annual “feast” – to be held Nov. 19-21 – has expanded to accommodate several bonus courses.

In addition to a vast selection of transportation toys, the Fall 2010 auction’s opening session will feature an extensive array of photographica, cameras and images, including items from the estate of Tom Clark; and historical artifacts and ephemera from U.S. Navy
photographer Richard Conger, a specialist in underwater photography who documented Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s exploration of Antarctica. The Conger collection includes all of the distinguished photographer’s cameras, images and research books.

The approximately 450-lot Friday evening session, with its “focus” on photographic art, came together naturally, said Old Town Auctions’ owner Matt Protos. “I have been talking to Richard Conger’s daughter for quite some time, and the late Tom Clark, who was from Frederick, Maryland, was a very good friend of mine. When a third consignment came along that contained compatible items, the three jelled in my mind, and we decided to create a specialty session for vintage camera and photography buffs, and collectors of historical material,” Protos said.

Tom Clark was the son of another acclaimed photographer, Edward Clark, whose Life Magazine assignments included taking pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was a mere starlet, yet to achieve international fame. An iconic Edward Clark Life Magazine cover photo to be offered in Old Town’s upcoming sale is his signed and dated picture of an African-American musician with tears streaming down his face as he played at FDR’s funeral.

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