© Freelance Photographers Guild (FPG), ca. 1930s, Street workers, NYC

This photograph was up for auction on eBay a few days ago (the seller 2Raccoons is also selling this 1910s Kodak store photograph). There is a Freelance Photographer’s Guild label on the back of the photograph.

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In 1936, Arthur Brackman founded Freelance Photographers Guild (FPG) so that talented amateur photographers in America could distribute their work to magazines and advertisers. Photographers could join this network for a small fee, in return FPG acted as their agent. Arthur Brackman gathered a diverse collection and marketed his photographers to his clients. (+, +)