315z-c.13A masterpiece of vernacular photography. The atanding  figures and those weaving rope are individualized, with heads looking in various directions. This anticipates some mid-century street photography by masters such as Winogrand and Photo League.

The title in the negative, by an unknown photographer, is “No. 138. Lavoatorici di corda – Giudecca.”


Unusual early tintype of three mothers 4 babies

tintypeAn interesting tintype. It is 3 1/8 x 4- inches on the kind of plate that one finds on the earliest tintypes, though it doesn’t have the “Melainotype” stamp. The picture itself is more like what one sees on daguerreotypes; when you look at it directly the character of the image on the plate is different than what one normally sees. It seems to have once been in a case, and there is faint trace of an oval mat.

$90 — Postage paid within US, $10 to Canada