The Tom Penniston Photographica Collection is being auctioned off on November 4, 2005 at the Holiday Inn at Boxborough Woods, Boxborough, MA by Lang's Auction House. The collection consists of 110 lots and is comprised of some of the earliest, rarest and most fascinating images of sport fishing history ever assembled. The Holiday Inn at Boxborough Woods is off Route 495 at exit 28.
Penniston has spent the past 15 years pursuing these images and has built a collection that is without equal in the specialty area. To find photographs this early depicting this subject matter is a difficult task, because sport fishing is one of the rarest categories of antique photos to acquire. Most are one of a kind and are truly museum quality. Together, these significant photos paint a portrait of the infancy of sport angling in America. To add to this remarkable collection is the inclusion of many scarce photographs of Victorian women, who are obviously very serious anglers, sporting the finest equipment of their time. The collection is of great historical importance.
The preview will be held Friday, November 4 from 8 am-noon. The auction itself will start sometime in the afternoon, approximately at 2 pm.
For a printed catalogue ($45, plus shipping) and more details, contact Lang's Sporting Collectables, 663 Pleasant Valley Rd., Waterville, NY 13480; phone: 1-315-841-4623; fax: 1-315-841-8934; and email: LangsAuction@aol.com . An online version of the catalogue will go up on their website three weeks prior to the auction. That online catalogue and more information will be found at http://www.langsauction.com .