New York International Antiquarian Book Fair to Feature LGBTQ+ History


A collection of historic images of LGBTQ+ life will be on display at New York International Antiquarian Book Fair April 21-24 at the Park Avenue Armory.

More than 200 exhibitors from all over the world will present their books and objects for this international event. Exhibitors from more than 14 countries will be present at the show. Treasures to be displayed and purchased will include rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, prints and printed ephemera, according to a statement.

A collection of images from Walter Reuben Inc. will also be on display. While the company specializes in movie star photos, movie scripts, rare books, lobby cards, vintage movie posters and Hollywood movie memorabilia that focus on the history of European movement and Hollywood. Picture Business, they also work with materials related to black cultural history, theater and stage, and LGBTQ+ film.

“On their booth at NYIABF will be a curated collection of photos of same-sex couples and groups showing deep affection, friendship, and forms of intimacy that fall under LGBTQ study. Many date from the earliest days of photography and the bulk of the collection consists of images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” a society spokesperson said.

Images from the fair will show the intimacy between the subjects through their body language, attire and positioning. Some of the postcards were even intended for family members, who seem to have been aware of these relationships.

“As many come from a time when photography was not common, the fact that these people choose to be photographed together for formal photos and for actual postcards indicates that they are couples wishing to celebrate their union”, indicates a description of the collection.

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