Antique black and white photography. Need Advice if possible.

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  1. Sibelius19

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    Hi everyone!
    I have acquired some antique black and white photography from the 1930's. They are the work of a man named A.B. De La Vergne from Colorado. I believe he has passed away, though I can't find anything about him on the internet.
    The photos have gone through several art exhibits. A black and white cross-hatch screen method was used (not sure if there are gelatin silver or not). I was just wondering if anyone knew how much they would be worth (any ideas whatsoever). My Father thinks they are worth a lot, but I'm questioning it because nobody knows who the guy is. The date and quality of the work could work to its favor, but I'm not sure.
    Thanks guys!
     
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    Could you post a couple of scans? Generally prints by unknown artists aren't worth a great deal, but there are exceptions. I would see if you can learn any more about him. Is there a studio name/address? If you can narrow him down to a city or region, you may be able use local records to learn more about him. He may also have some local value.
     
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    yep, exact address is 1232 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado.
     
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    oh, and thank you so much for your suggestions. that's a great idea. It might have some local value.
     
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    Get in touch with Denver and area historical societies, museums, etc. If he was a prolific photographer, he may well be known in the area. Again, probably not valuable, but interesting to be sure.
     

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