Editor and publisher of 'Military Images' magazine in a live video presentation, Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30pm EST
While other kids in his Middlesex, N.J., neighborhood collected baseball cards, Ron browsed flea markets looking for old photographs. When he purchased his first photo in 1977, Coddington had no idea that collecting historic images would become a lifelong pursuit. He originally collected various formats of vernacular photography dating from the 1840s to the 1890s. Over time, he focused his collection on Civil War era cartes de visite, a paper format popular during the 1860s.
Mr. Coddington will discuss the carte de visite in Civil War America - connecting the CDV to the origins of photography; its arrival in the U.S. just before the war; its gradual fade from popularity; and its rediscovery by modern collectors.
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