Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. ( - 2008) was a science teacher at The Collegiate School, a boys’ school in New York City, from 1954 to 1995, where he also taught photography. He began collecting cameras in 1960, started researching information on cameras and camera history in 1964, and began writing about them and their history in 1968.
Eaton has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections ofbox-form, magazine and “street” cameras in private hands, as well as perhaps the largest collection of single-use/disposable’ cameras known.
The Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. photographic collection will be sold online between 10th to 30th June 2010. It comprises over 400 lots of cameras and related material dating from the 1870's to 2000's including a No. 1 Kodak camera of 1889 (estimate $1000-1500), stereoscopic models, an original Brownie camera of 1900 (est. $600-900), early English wood cameras,
folding pocket Kodak
s, an important series of American detective and hand cameras from the 1880's-1910. Among other rarities is a Boy Scout camera released to commemorate the movement's World's Fair, along with a 'Campfire Girls Kodak'. Estimates range from $150 to $3000.
A second auction of Lothrop's important library of original trade catalogues and reference books; photograph collection including daguerreotypes, tintypes and carte-de-visite and his own research materials will take place in the Fall.
Speaking to Amateur Photographer, camera historian Michael Pritchard
, who catalogued the collection, said:
'As someone who knew Eaton for many years I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work on the collection. While it is a shame the collection cannot stay together, I know many collectors will welcome the opportunity to add to their own collections…'
Details of the auction can be found here