Collection from former Camden Passage shop Jubilee Photographica expected to raise £30k at auction

Part of Beryl Vosburgh's collection. Picture: Special Auction Services

Part of Beryl Vosburgh's collection. Picture: Special Auction Services - Credit: Archant

The life’s work of Islington’s Beryl Vosburgh, one of the first specialist antique photographica collectors in London, will go on auction next month.

Beryl’s renowned Jubilee Photographica business started as a stall in Camden Passage in the the 1960s.

Her permanent shop became a fixture in the Passage until she retired in 2002.

The most anticipated items on sale are her hundreds of “cartes de visites” – precursors to modern postcards.

Beryl’s own collection is focused on the earliest examples of the craze in the mid-19th century.

The collection will go under the hammer in Newbury, Berkshire, on May 3 and is expected to raise £30,000.

Hugo Marsh, director of Special Auction Services, said: “This really is a fascinating collection and a real reflection of social history.

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“Beryl made her career out of buying and selling but it was her passion, more than a job.”

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