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Lot # 1440 (1440 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1911 Original George Grantham Bain Glass Negative - McGraw and Mack Shake Hands at the 1911 World Series

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200

Original glass negative, taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain, capturing New York Giants manager John McGraw and Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack shaking hands prior to Game 1 of the 1911 World Series. McGraw is wearing a specially designed all-black uniform that was only worn by the club during the World Series, while Mack, as always, is dressed in formal attire. Bain clearly made sure that he would be fully credited for this photo, for etched along the top border of the negative is the notation "McGraw & Connie Mack - World Series 1911/Copyright-Geo. G. Bain." Furthermore, Bain's copyright mark is etched along the base of the negative, while his production code, "2315-6," appears along the left border. The A's, led by Mack's famed "$100,000 Infield," captured their second consecutive World Championship in 1911 by defeating the Giants in six games in the 1911 fall classic. George Grantham Bain was one of the great early baseball photographers. In 1948 the Library of Congress purchased over 40,000 of Bain's glass negatives and nearly 50,000 of his photographic prints from the Culver Archives. Today, they permanently reside in the Library's George Grantham Bain Collection. This is one of a small number of Bain's original glass negatives, originating from the Culver Archives, that was not part of that purchase in 1948. 7 x 5 inches. 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 $1,200

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