I have a pair of pictures that look very old. On the back of each of the pictures, the cardboard backing has a circular stamp done in black ink. The stamps say 'property of Art Pub. Co. Chicago, Illinois', and there is a handwritten note in the corner saying 'Dec.25,1944 Gretch'. I don't know what to do to find out if the pictures are of value or even what year they are really from. Can you give me an idea of where to see if they are worth anything?
Auction houses, and art/antique dealers are generally the ideal people to help ascertain the value, particularly if you are hoping to sell your pictures. You should easily find someone to advise you in your local area by searching online. Email or telephone in advance with your inquiry.
I suspect that your pictures may be prints. The hand-written name and date suggest that they were a Christmas gift. Of course, without seeing them in person, it's impossible to say for sure.
Updated on July 18, 2018
By Amanda Severn