The Chicago Tribune’s efforts to monetize its mammoth inventory of original archive photographs, including thousands of rare sports photos, continue.
As we reported in April, Masterpiece Marketing Group, a dealer of original newspaper archive photographs, has been working with the Tribune and other newspapers to create an online storefront.
Newspapers have locked away these original photos from their extensive photo collections for decades, and many have never been seen by the public. Collectors can browse nearly 10,000 vintage sports photos through this link to eBay to explore the collection of vintage newspaper archive photographs.
The photos date back decades and many feature sports icons like Babe Ruth, historic moments and other rare images.
“We are adding thousands of new photos to our sites every day and currently have over 22,000 categories in our store. 3,000 of those are sports such as Football, Baseball, Horse Racing, Boxing and Auto Racing,” states Eric Moore, Operations Director of MMG. Collectors that have taken advantage of the unique pictures found at the Tribune Photo Archives often let the company know about their search.
“Because the pictures are from photo journalists, they have an artistic nature to them,” said one who collects Ted Williams’ photos. “I love the photos of Williams fishing. I feel a peaceful connection to those photos.”
The Tribune Photo Archives contains working archive photos direct from the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and the Allentown Morning Call newspapers and utilizes the Advanced Image Archiving service of Masterpiece Marketing Group and Image Fortress. This turn-key digital image archiving and monetization service enables newspapers, magazines, universities, museums and owners of large photographic collections to now digitize, preserve, and sell their photographic archives, making them easily accessible worldwide.