HERE YOU'LL FIND OUR TERMINOLOGY & CONDITION RATINGS
As a long time collector of old and original images,
all of our ratings will be Honest and Accurate
Within the descriptions of our photograph offerings, we use abbreviations.
Which will be translated for you on this page.
If we have an image or two that your interested in, our ears are open to offers
WE ALSO ENJOY A GOOD TRADE
Of course, ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE, we WILL ANSWER TIMELY
Our condition ratings are on a 1-10 sliding scale. (breakdown chart shown below)
1 being the lowest, of course, and 10 the highest rating.
If there is a "+" or "-" that follow the numeral rating,
it either means a bit better or a bit lower.
We are Very Conservative with all our ratings.
Our offerings will normally fall in the 8-10 condition range.
Now and again, we may offer a image that rates "6" or below.
But, it WILL NEED TO BE RARE AND DESIRABLE!
CONDITION RATINGS WE USE, ARE AS FOLLOWS;
10= PERFECT! No Excuses.
In other words, Flawless.
9= There could be minor surface scratches
(normal and Non abusive),
slight backside soiling, light residue*, Again, "MINOR" [we will always show back when necessary]
8= This is where most of our offerings will be rated..
There will be No obvious flaws as with 1-7. There could be minor, but not so noticeable, and acceptable flaws.
7= A step up from 1-6. Will Not have tears, creases, wrinkles, etc. that would be a noticeable detraction.
6= same as 5, but a bit better.
Could have a small tear(s), wrinkles or crease.
Soiling, stains and emulsion blemishes, as would 1-5.
Again, Generally we will Not offer any photos below a 6-7 rating.
Unless we feel that it is Historically Significant, Rare or has something Unique about it.
5= will have obvious flaws and or damage, but can still be collectable.
4= falls within the same as a rating of 3+
3= border line acceptable, but not with a real value, unless considered to be a Rare Historical Image.
2= not much better than a 1+ rating
1= poor, damaged beyond, torn, folded, basically, un-saleable or good for art projects, scrap-booking.
*Residue on backside from an album. We do Not Peel photos from albums. We leave in-tact. Unless we purchased images with residue, that will be the only way we'll offer a photo with album residue.
We Will Always Show The Backside When Needed!
When we mention "Residue",
it's in reference to remnants of photo album paper and or glue on the reverse of the photo.
We will not pull a photo album apart.
It's always best to leave as compiled.
Through the years, Folks have mounted photographs in albums all sorts of ways. Mostly using a water-based glue, other times using an oil-based glue (rubber cement, etc). Other sellers will take an album apart, and peel images. We will Never do this!!
*If we purchased with residue, and wasn't intended for our collection, but for re-sale, then we may offer, showing Complete Backside.