regal photo archive
At the Regal Photo Archive, our passion for historic photography runs deep. We are on a crusade to save the world’s great historic archives, one by one. We realize that many of them are in peril. Every one of us has heard the story of a great collection that was tossed in a dumpster a decade ago, when space became more important than dusty boxes of history. One newspaper we contacted sold its archive for $600 to a company that salvaged the silver out of the negative strips. Another newspaper held a “glass negative-breaking party,” where staffers got together to chuck images from the 1920s into a dumpster along with beer bottles and trash.
Beyond these dramatic examples, there are the archives that have fallen to the simple march of time. We have come across spectacular collections where images chronicling World War II, early Beatles concerts, and America’s western frontier have disintegrated into our hands. Negatives and prints don’t last forever. The time to digitize them is Right Now.
“We are on a crusade to save the world’s great historic archives, one by one.”
Our story begins with a dream then a goal along with acquisitions of several archives which then led to licensing the images in 2000. Eventually we expanded that initial business and forged partnerships with publications, estates and photographers all over the world. Today we are stronger than ever still with our ever forward crusade to save the world’s greatest historic archives, one by one!