Chicago Tribune Digitizing, Selling Archive Photos

The Chicago Tribune, one of the nation’s leading daily newspapers, has begun digitally archiving their extensive photo library, which includes historic sports photos and negatives.

The images date back to the nineteenth century.  The newspaper will make the original vintage archive photos available to collectors once re-archived in digital form.

Mel OttThe program is a major multi-year initiative and the newspaper has hired two firms to provide the online digital archiving of the  photographs, integration with the paper’s editorial and business systems and marketing of the original photographs after they are saved to a digital archive.

The Tribune’s photo library is “filled with amazing photographs, most never published or even seen by the public, covering every topic and historic event of the past one hundred and thirty years,” according to Bob Pokress and Eric Amundson, the presidents of Image Fortress Corp. and Masterpiece Marketing Group.

“It’s a thrill for us to work with this magnificent photojournalism collection that spans the entire range of US and world historical events and personalities from all walks of life,” Podress said.  “We are electronically preserving the photographs in this library, bringing these photos to life for the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company, and making them accessible to the public for the first time. “

““We are delighted to have leaders in the field of digital image archiving and vintage photo sales working with our newspaper to make all of this possible,” notes Randall Weissman, News Administration Editor of the Chicago Tribune.  “Once digitally archived, the original vintage photos are being sold to collectors and individuals worldwide who are interested in owning these unique, authenticated, historical collectibles to generate the revenue that supports this extensive program.”

“We’re very excited to expose this photojournalism collection to the public and are thrilled with the initial response to the website and our associated eBay offerings. This photo collection is truly unique in the marketplace,” said Amundson.  Masterpiece Marketing Group began selling the vintage photos from the Chicago Tribune in April.

“We’re introducing thousands of new pictures every week covering topics like Hollywood stars, musicians, singers, politics, space, places such as Chicago and New York, sports topics like football, baseball and basketball, Transportation such as aviation, railroad and automobiles and military to name a few,” notes Amundson.

Photographs are currently being sold at and many original photos are being offered through an eBay store.

The photographs are shipped in a custom presentation folder with a numbered Chicago Tribune Certificate of Authenticity for each original archive photograph.