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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 14, April 5, 2020, Article 14

QUERY: 1912 CHAPMAN EARLE SALE PHOTO CAPTION

On a related note, Tony Terranova submitted this photo of bidders at the 1912 Chapman sale of the George H. Earle collection, held in Philadelphia June 25-29, 1912. He writes: "Some cast of characters!! People should have fun seeing how many faces they can identify". Is anyone game? It's a big batch of bidders! -Editor

1912 Chapman Earle Sale Photo

The photo was lot 1144 in the March 1995 Bowers and Merena Armand Champa Library Part II sale. Here's the lot description, which provides names of some of the attendees. -Editor

[Henry Chapman]: [Photograph of "Auction Sale Collection of Coins of George H. Earle,June 25, 26, 27, (28), 29 - 1912" Fine black and white photograph, 19/2x24cm, handsomely matted in a cherry frame. (400.00)

A rare period glimpse of the attendees assembled for what was to set records as the single largest day ($23,522) and largest total gross ($55,821) coin sale in the United States, this held at the art gallery of Davis & Harvey, 901 Walnut St, Philadelphia. Prominent participants include both Chapmans, Thomas Elder, Elmer Sears, Edgar Adams, Farran Zerbe, and Edgar Adams. This photograph is reproduced on the front endsheets of John Adams' work on 19th-century auction catalogues. From the Chapman estate, Wayte Raymond and John Ford.

To read the catalog on the Newman Numismatic Portal, see:
The Armand Champa Library: Part II (https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctionlots?AucCoId=4&AuctionId=525058)

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