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1914 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Opening Day Panoramic Photo
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,840.00
Large panoramic photo (7.5 x 43 inches) features the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Senators posed for a special group shot on Opening Day at Fenway Park in 1914. Dated April 14, 1914, the photograph includes an incredible 56 players between the two teams, standing on the field with Fenway Park's grandstands in the background. Included are stars such as Tris Speaker (imaged twice on the photo), Walter Johnson, Joe Wood, Harry Hooper, Dutch Leonard, Chick Gandil, and Clark Griffith. Tris Speaker, as noted, is pictured in the photo twice, once on the left side, and once on the right. Because of the mechanics of producing such a long panoramic photograph, players would sometimes take advantage of the opportunity to appear in the photo twice, changing positions during the multi-shot photographic process, as a joke. Along the bottom of the photo, in white lettering, is the following caption: "Opening Game of the Season at Fenway Park, 'Boston Red Sox' and Washington 'Senators' April 14th 1914, Boston Mass." The photographer's name appears in the lower right, also in white lettering ("Photo by Riley & George, 55 Gray St, Boston, Mass"). There is some water damage, which has caused the photograph in several places to stick to the glass, primarily along the perimeter, which does not significantly affect the image. Close inspection reveals a couple of small tears and a small hole in the lower left. Despite imperfections, this is still a very rare, unusual, and impressive early panoramic photo with tremendous eye appeal, which has been beautifully framed for ideal display. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,840.00
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