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our interview with
Mike Medhurst has been actively buying and selling antique
photography for more than 30 years. He is currently the President of the
Daguerreian Society and an avid collector.
Graduating with a B.S. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, he
was soon dealing in historic photography, documents and autographs of
the 19th century. Mike later completed his M.S. from Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville and by the early 1990’s the business had become
more keenly focused on 19th century photography.
Mike buys and sells images at numerous national Civil War and
photography shows each year. His business entity, Medhurst & Co., has
the largest inventory of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes in the
Midwest and is well known for selling high quality images of every
Many of the top collectors of 19th century photography count Mike as a
valuable resource to supply them with outstanding material. Images
acquired though him can often be seen on display at noted museums such
as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, The Nelson-
Atkins and the Library of Congress. In addition, he is a source for many
of the nation's top private and public collections.
Mike’s appraisal services were a major part of a multi-million dollar
purchase made by the National Park Service.
Since we started the business Linda has been a behind the scenes
force. She has described images, kept the books and she is the shipping
department. So....all those nice compliments I've been getting about
packing...well...they should actually be directed to Linda. She is a true
Nate has moved from KC to NYC while he continues to grow his
career. He makes an occasional trip to a photo show.