Photographs are made for a variety of reasons, and after production can be appreciated in a variety of ways, but chiefly as either art or artefact. In regards to the latter appreciation, original prints – of famous people or important events – create enhanced value. At the top end are photographs whose contents are of the utmost importance, combining striking composition and displaying great print quality. The maker of the photograph is often unknown, and if made by a photographer of no esteem, then it is irrelevant to the price of the photograph. The price of a photograph relies on a number of factors, but essentially it is always in relation to its own intrinsic significance.
This charming photograph is unusually large for the period in which it was made. It was acquired from the McLaughlin family estate and is believed to be a photograph of George W. McLaughlin with his children. He was the son of Robert McLaughlin of McLaughlin Carriage Company, Oshawa, which later became General Motors of Canada.