This is a codification of how I decide which images to add to my collection. This will be useful in the future as I can then more easily justify an inclusion (and just as importantly an exclusion).
But first, a short note on diversity and racial representation within my collection: You will notice there are few (if any) people of color or non-cacuasion ethnic groups in my collection. The reasons for this are probably historically complex, but for me the reasons are much simpler; my collection focuses primarily on the Midwest (which was not exactly known for being a hotbed of diversity in the late 1800’s), I seldom come across any cards where the subjects are not white, and lastly, when I do, these cards are generally cost prohibitive.
I primarily collect cards of attractive young women and girls, as well as handsome men, and men with interesting facial hair. I find babies to be boring.
In rare cases I am willing to violate my collecting policy depending on the card itself. I will take a damaged card if the imagery is particularly of interest. Sometimes a card just “speaks” to me and I can’t exactly explain why I want it. I may buy a card just because of a hat or because of the subject’s expression or because it was taken by a specific photographer. I make allowances for cards that come in a lot.
My cards are generally not for sale, but if you find you can’t live without a specific card, reach out and we might be able to come to an agreement. I am open to trades.
I may update these guidelines at any time.
Last updated 12/10/2018 by Christopher L. Jorgensen