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1924 Original Glass Negative - Babe Ruth and Christy Walsh Syndicate Posing Together at the 1924 World Series
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320
Original glass negative, originating from the Culver Archives, capturing the various members of the famed Christy Walsh writing syndicate posing together at the 1924 World Series. Pictured here, left to right, are sportswriter Fred Lieb, Nick Altrock, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, John McGraw, Walter Johnson, George Sisler, and Christy Walsh. Both Johnson and Altrock are pictured in uniform, because Washington was playing the New York Giants in the 1924 fall classic, while all of the others are dressed in street clothes. All of the players pictured here wrote syndicated newspaper columns for the Christy Walsh Syndicate, which was the largest sports-writing syndicate in the country at the time. (All of the columns were ghost-written by professional sportswriters, which probably included Lieb.) Every year at the World Series, Walsh would gather his writing staff to take a publicity photo, which would be sent out to thousands of newspaper editors and potential clients across the country. Special clients usually received a large-format version signed by all of the participants. It's interesting to note that in the official versions of this image we have seen, Fred Lieb's image has been cropped out because he wasn't an official "correspondent" in the syndicate. 5 x 4 inches. Ex-Mt. Accompanied by its original paper sleeve. Because this negative (like all the negatives in the Culver Archives) was leased out to other news organizations, it displays flaws commensurate with its age and former use, which include varying degrees of emulsion loss, chipping, scuffing, and scratching (nearly all of those flaws can be minimized or eliminated through digital processing). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,320
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