I first became interested in taking photographs in the late 60's. Somewhere along the line, I came across a copy of Robert Taft's book Photography And The American Scene. It was such a good read, even the footnotes were interesting, that I thought it would be fun to collect an example of each of the different types of photographs. Shortly after that, I came across a carte de visite album in an upstate NY auction which had a couple of images by Mathew Brady as well as a portrait of a young Queen Victoria. I bought it and was amazed that I could actually own an authentic Mathew Brady photograph. I still have the album in my collection. That opened the floodgates.
What I wanted to collect were really good, well composed images no matter what the format. I also fell into collecting images of subject matter that appealed to me, i.e. The American invasion of Siberia; silent movie stills; auto racing; salt prints; gem tintypes; snapshots; and early color images, to name just a few. Needless to say that over the years I have amassed a rather large number of photographs in a great many areas.
Some of the images from my collection are in The Museum Of Vernacular Photography and can be viewed on this web.