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Circa Late 1930s Boston Bees Hotel Banner
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
Dimensionally and materially identical to the Cubs banner of the previous lot, this large banner was designed to welcome the arrival of the Boston Bees when they stayed at the Hotel Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Inside the hem in the upper corners are leather straps for hanging, each with a "button-hole" slit obviously intended to attach to suspending hooks. This banner was designed to hang in the lobby to acknowledge the accommodation of these distinguished visitors in the late 1930s. The use of the yellow "beehive" logos on each end of the banner narrows this piece to the 1936 to 1940 period, as those were the only seasons that the Nationals of Boston were known as the "Bees." The Bees were managed by two great Hall of Fame managers, Bill McKechnie (1936 and 1937) and Casey Stengel (1938 to 1940), and included players such as Al Simmons, Vince DiMaggio, and Al Lopez on their roster. A couple of very light and inconspicuous stains on the reverse but otherwise in Excellent condition. There are very few items relating to the Boston franchise specifically referencing them as the "Bees." Dimensions: 10 x 3 feet. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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