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Fred Thompson Hand-Colored Photo Brings Thousands

M.A.D. Staff | October 11th, 2013

$3520. Photo courtesy Michael Ivankovich.

At Michael Ivankovich’s October 11, 2013, auction in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a Fred Thompson hand-colored photo sold for $3520 (includes buyer’s premium).

Fred Thompson was a photographer from Portland, Maine, who, like his contemporary Wallace Nutting, sold hand-colored photos during the early 20th century. Thompson visited Nutting’s Southbury, Connecticut, home around 1905 and collaborated with the much better-known Wallace Nutting. Like Nutting, Thompson sold primarily exterior and Colonial interior scenes.

The Thompson photo, Happy Family, features five young kittens on a shelf. Ivankovich said he had never seen the photo in nearly 40 years of collecting. Happy Family is similar to Nutting’s Dog-on-It, which depicts eight puppies on a bench and has sold in the $2500 to $3500 range numerous times over the years. Three determined bidders pushed Happy Family to an unexpectedly strong $3520. It sold to Nutting collectors from the Midwest who reportedly hung it beside their copy of Nutting’s Dog-on-It.

For more information, contact Michael Ivankovich at (215) 345-6094.

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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