CHECKERED FLAG : EARLY INDIANAPOLIS 500 ; CHAS. BELL : TOWER STUDIOS : (1946)

This vintage photograph (lithograph) features a look at  race cars “the checkered flag of victory” at the Indianapolis 500 speedway.  This image is part of a series (no.P7). This photo was taken by Chas J. Bell from Tower Studios. He was the official race photographer. (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF FRENCH GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLER : MAURICE GAMBIER : WORLD CHAMPION

This uncommon vintage real photo postcard features a Greco – Roman wrestler, Maurice Gambier. He looks like an old school UFC fighter. Actually, Gambier, of Bordeaux, France, won the first ever Greco – Roman world championship. The year was 1897 and the venue of the tournament was the Cirque Royale in Brussels, Belgium. This portrait postcard was photographed by Lucien Walery. He was a celebrated Paris photographer known for his portraits of artists and cabaret dancers from the city’s music halls. He is very well known for his portraits of Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. Walery did a lot of work in the genre of nude/erotic photography. He photographed the beautiful women of Paris between the early 1900’s and the 1920’s.  This postcard is of French origin. The card has excellent clarity and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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MORMON METEOR & AB JENKINS : EARLY INDIANAPOLIS 500 ; CHARLES BELL : TOWER : (1946)

This vintage photograph (lithograph) features a look at racecar driver, AB Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor. In the 1930’s, Ab Jenkins built three successive versions of the Mormon Meteor. The cars were built to break land speed records. Jenkins worked in conjunction with August Duesenberg to build the car. The automobile was powered by a modified Curtis Aircraft engine. Jenkins began breaking speed records in 1936. In 1937, he set a 24 hour record with an average of 157 mph. Interestingly, Ab Jenkins went on to become the Mayor of Salt Lake City (1940-1944). This image is part of a series (no.P8). The official race photographer was Chas J. Bell from Tower Studios.  (SOLD)

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PRETTY WOMAN PLAYING TENNIS (VINTAGE FRENCH REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage postcard features a pretty woman playing tennis. She is at the net preparing to hit the ball. It appears that the photographer wasn’t too concerned about his model’s grip on the tennis racquet. Apparently, some tennis lessons before the photo session would have been helpful. However, this is a very sweet postcard and the woman is wearing tennis fashion of the era as well as a wonderful smile. The postcard is of French origin and was published by A. Bergeret of Nancy, France. The postcard is in good condition with some foxing (see scan) and the postcard is unused. The reverse of the postcard indicates that it once resided in an album. (SOLD)

RUGBY PLAYER : PATCHES : LARGS, SCOTLAND : CABINET CARD

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This cabinet card portrait features a Rugby player in uniform. His shirt has three rugby patches on it’s front. The sports player was photographed by the Stewart Gallery in Largs, Scotland. This photograph is in very good condition (See Scans). 

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EXTRAORDINARY PORTRAIT OF PRETTY FRENCH JOCKEY (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This fantastic vintage real photo postcard features a pretty young woman wearing the attire of a jockey. Note her jodhpurs, silks, cap, riding crop, and boots. This portrait begs the question, is she really a jockey? Could she be a steeple chase rider? It is also possible that she is a model. This photograph was taken at La Photo Mecanique in Paris, France. The card appears to have been trimmed and measures 5.0 x 3.25 inches. The postcard itself was made in England and is in very good condition.

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BASEBALL TEAM PORTRAIT : TRIPOLI, IOWA : BATS, BALL, GLOVES : RPPC (1912)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of members of a baseball team. Pictured are ten uniformed players and presumably, their coach clad in a shirt and tie. The coach is holding a glass of wine or champagne. I wonder if he is celebrating a victory. Note the players equipment seen in the first row. You can see gloves, a catcher’s mit,  bats, and even a baseball. This baseball team is from Tripoli, Iowa. The team members look to old to be high school players. Perhaps the team was in a semi pro league. This photo postcard was postmarked in 1912. (SOLD)

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ARTHUR BOUCHER : RUGBY STAR : PHOTO BY NAPOLEON SARONY : (CABINET CARD)

This cabinet card photograph features Rugby star, Arthur Boucher (11870-1948). He certainly looks fit in this portrait by the famous celebrity photographer, Napoleon Sarony. Boucher was a Welsh international rugby union forward and he began playing club rugby for Newport ((1889/90 season). During the next decade, he captained them for three seasons. He was a strong and quick player and he passed well on the run. He was well known for his kicking skills. He kicked several drop goals each season. Boucher was one of the last greal all-round Welsh players before position specialization became the norm. Boucher played for the international Barbarians and became club secretary for the team between 1894 and 1899. Stickers on the reverse of this photograph indicate that the image was once owned by Culver Service. Culver Pictures was a service that collected photographs that for a fee could be used by the media to accompany the stories appearing in their publications. Culver Service was established in 1926. (SOLD) 

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LACROSSE : NATIVE AMERICANS MAKING LACROSSE STICKS : VINTAGE POSTCARD : (1911)

This vintage lithographic postcard features a group of Native Americans sitting (one is standing) in front of a teepee and making lacrosse sticks. Sitting in the group is a cute dog. Native Americans are credited with the development of the game of lacrosse. More specifically, the Iroquois Nation were originators of the game. The Iroqouis were in upstate New York and North of the US border into Canada. Lacrosse became Canada’s national sport. The netting on the Native American made sticks was made with wattup (roots) or deer sinew (connective tissue from deer). This postcard is rich in color and represents both Iroquois history and the history of Lacrosse. This card was published by Nerlich & Company (Toronto, Canada). Another version of this postcard has a caption reporting that the cards scene is located on Cornwall Island, Ontario, Canada. The postcard has a U.S. stamp and was mailed from Old Orchard Beach, Maine to Epping, New Hampshire in 1911.  (SOLD)

LACROSSE SERIES : IMPERIAL TOBACCO CO : CHARLES GEORGE (MONTREAL SHAMROCKS) AND DOT PHALEN (CORNWALL COLTS) : 1910

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These cigarette cards are part of the Imperial Tobacco Company’s Lacrosse Series. The cards highlight the leading players in the “Canadian National Game”. The first card features Charles George, a member of the Montreal Shamrocks team (no.7). The second card features Dot Phalen, a member of the Cornwall Colts team. These lacrosse cigarette cards were published in 1910. (SOLD)