1914 Fenway Park Opening Day Panorama - Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Senators

Sold For: $1,304

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1177

Item Year: 1914

Category: Advertising and Photographic Displays

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This 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 captures an incredible 56 players between the two teams as they pose together in front of the grandstand. Included here are 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 lengthy mechanics involved in 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"). The photo displays exceptional clarity, but does have a number of flaws that must be noted. A few large diagonal tears are evident throughout, two of which affect, in varying degrees, a total of fifteen player images. There are a few areas of light water staining along the top, bottom, and left borders which have resulted in the photo adhering to the glass in some places. The glass has broken in two places in the upper right corner, one piece has been removed but because the other is adhered to the photo, we have not attempted to remove it. There is a small piece of vintage clear tape on the top of the glass (it is not on the photo) that has hardened with age. Despite the flaws, the photo still displays exceptionally well and would benefit greatly from professional restoration. It remains housed in what appears to be its original wood frame to total dimensions of 45 x 9 inches. Interesting provenance note: Long ago, this panorama photo hung in a bar in Corning, New York, for decades. It has been consigned directly from the bar owner, who kept it as a souvenir when he closed the bar down years ago. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,304

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