Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday taken by noted photographer Mathew Brady. This particular bust-length image, which captures Doubleday in military attire, was produced from a famous formal studio photograph of the general taken by Brady in 1862. That fact is corroborated by the boldly printed notations along the base of the mount that read "Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1862 by M. B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia." The photographer's name and city, "Brady - Washington" are printed along the base of the reverse. This is a particularly outstanding Doubleday CDV and one of only a few examples that we have ever offered with Doubleday identified on the mount, a design element which makes this card especially ideal for display. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, with a few minor surface blemishes to both the photo and mount that do not detract in the least from its outstanding display value. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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