Rare Photograph of S. Bell & Son (Strasburg, Virginia) Pottery Building

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 376

Price Realized: $316.25

($275 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Photograph of the S. Bell Pottery, Strasburg, VA, Allentown Photographic Studio, circa 1930, black-and-white photo depicting four potters standing in front of the S. Bell Pottery building, one holding a jug. Sign on building reads "S. BELL'S / STONE & EARTHEN WARE POTTERY". Photo is adhered to cardboard backer, marked "ALLENTOWN / PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO" on front and "PHOTOGRAPH / BY JOHN A. KUBIL / Allentown Photographic Studio" on reverse. This iconic photo is pictured in Alvin H. Rice and John Baer Stoudt's groundbreaking 1929 book, The Shenandoah Pottery. The fact that Alvin Rice lived in the Allentown, PA area suggests that he may have had the original S. Bell Pottery photo or a negative, which was copied by a local studio in small quantities around the time of his book's publication. A wrinkle with small tear to bottom corner of cardboard backer. Wear to top of cardboard. Scratch to photo. Dimensions (of photo): 9 1/2" x 7 5/8"; Dimensions (including backer) 14" x 11 7/8".

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