Architectural Prints and a Kodak “Pony”Q. I purchased these prints at auction approximately 15 years ago due to their architectural appeal. I have sent photos to the Boston Library for additional information but no information is available. The only data found was back to 1850, but there was no information on the school itself, and they are described as plates for an architectural book. All prints are stamped “Boston Drawing Academy” Schulze & Eppendorff. Can you help me find any information on the “Boston Drawing Academy” and their values? These photos may not be clear enough as they are currently in glass frames.
A: Your lithographs are from a book titled “Die Ornamentik des Mittelalters” or in English “The Ornamental Art of the Middle Ages.” Written by Carl Alexander Heidelhoff (also known as Karl Alexander von Heidelhoff), a German architect who was considered the master builder of Nuremberg, Germany. He was the city architect in 1822, taught at a local university there, and was known for his restoration work. His book “Die Ornamentik des Mittelalters” was published 1838-1842 and consisted of 24 volumes. It is still being published today and is available on Amazon and other bookseller websites.
Paul Schulze and Max Eppendorff owned and operated the “Boston Drawing Academy,” located at 42 Court Street in Boston. I found a record that showed the business was located there in 1857 but I am not sure when it started or when it closed. I did not find much information on either Schulze or Eppendorff, but I did find that Eppendorff was an emigre from Germany. It is possible considering the time frame, that Eppendorf knew or at least knew of Heidlehoff. From my research, it appears that “The Boston Drawing Academy” taught drawing and engraving for the purpose of producing lithographs. It seems likely that the prints from Heidelhoff’s book would be a perfect exercise for these students. Alfred Cornelius Howland studied drawing and “lithography” there in 1857. He became an engraver in Boston and moved to New York to work as a lithographer. In 1861 he was studying art in Dusseldorf, Germany (through a connection to Eppendorf??) then went to France. Eventually, he made it back to the United States and was a prolific and successful landscape artist.
The books from the original print date sell from $150-$180. You did not share the size of the prints but the ones in the book measure 7 7/16” x 9 11/16”.
A: The Kodak Pony camera was made from 1950-1954. A 35 mm camera with similarities to the Kodak Brownie Series camera, it was originally priced at $34.75. This camera sells for between $10 and $30 (mint condition). A good source for information on this and other cameras can be found at www.camerapedia.wiki.com.
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