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1890s-1940s Multi-Sport Team Photo Lot of (28) with (2) Rare Oversized & African-American Player

Lot Number 1941

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Travel back in time to the days when amateurs still dominated the world of sports. A gallery of team photos is on display representing those who played for the love of the game with examples from various levels of play including college, high school, club teams, semi-pro, work squads, little league and independents. Highlights are two rare large format cabinet photos and one c.late-1800s/early-1900s football team featuring an African-America player. Given the age and nature of this antique assortment, it comes as no surprise that wear is evident throughout, however all examples are in presentable condition with plenty of display appeal including several worthy of being termed excellent. Several of the larger cabinet photo types have chewed up perimeters with bits of surface loss, but all in all this is a highly respectable and pleasing lot. All appear to have be professionally taken, nicely posed compositions and a good number have reverse side notations indicating they were taken for publication, most likely in local newspapers.


Featured are:




14x4 panorama of 1921 & 1922 Beaver Falls Semi-Pro Champs, two vertical folds, nice gloss, distinct images, fairly clean surface


(3) 8x10 with: c.1940 College Hill Market nice gloss, several creases, sharp focus; (2) matte finish with: 1910 Independents of Beaver County Champions soft focus, two spots of surface loss on bottom and left edges; 1937 Armstrong Cork Baseball Team good focus, surface loss at bottom right corner


(4) Smaller size photos: 1910 NB Baseball, team jackets have letter “R” patches on sleeve, creased but solid with good gloss and focus; (2) c.1920s-1930s Beaver Falls, both better grade with good gloss and focus; 1940 Mixed teams photo, possible little league, trimmed


1925 Koppel Mud-Divers 10x6 matte finish soft focus, identification notations on obverse borders


(2) Cabinet types with: 1900 10x8 overall dimensions, sharp photo, minor wear on backer card edges; 1912 7x5 A.B. Co. in better grade with moderate wear on the edges of the backer card




(4) Smaller size with: (2) BF Football identical image in two sizes: 7x5 with borders trimmed off; and 5x3 with irregularly trimmed top and bottom edges; (2) undated: c.early-1900s 5x3 matte finish in excellent condition; 4x3 with rounded corners in better condition with great gloss, this the only in action photo as opposed to a team pose, some images out of focus


(3) Cabinet photos with: c.late-1800s/early-1900s which appears to be a college team with one African-American player present, no name given, above average with moderate edge on backer; 1900  Geneva Champions, better condition; rare c.late-1800s Colonials large format 17x12 cabinet, ragged perimeter with bits of surface loss but still very appealing




(2) Smaller size: 3x4 1930 Stanton Heaters in lesser condition; 1910 B.F.H.S. Champions postcard, unused in above average condition


(5) 8x10: (3) Men’s teams: c.1900 vertical orientation unnamed team in excellent condition; B.F. matte print possibly a second generation print in better grade;  1921 AC Co. decent image matte print with minor abrasions and loss of upper left corner; (2) B.F.H.S. Women’s team (Beaver Falls High School) both satin prints, with 1915 above average and 1916 surface loss across upper field area


(3) Cabinet photos: rare oversized 1900 Geneva team, very interesting with 9x7 team pose surrounded by eight 2x4 individual portrait images printed with subject names in a 14x12 composite photo mounted on a 17x14 backer, photo is excellent, backer is absent the corners; early-1900s 8x10 KD team above average; 1905 8x10 on 14x11 backer of C.C.H.S., photo is better, backer has moderate edge wear;





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