DescriptionC. 1891 Kensington Art Studio Lew Whistler Cabinet Photo SGC 40 VG 3. This is an extremely rare real photo portrait of New York infielder Lew Whistler. As is the case with other subjects in this collection, the 1891 team cabinet photo found within this collection, as well as a large '92 team photo, this is only the third real photo source that portrays Whistler we are aware of and the one and only instance we could find where Lew Wissler (his birth name) appears by himself. Like others he held a brief career of just four-years from 1890 to 1893 and is not a known N172 or N173 subject. Graded SGC 40 VG 3, this Kensington Art Studio of Brooklyn, N.Y. cabinet shows wear and light creasing at corners. His rarely found image is very strong having retained a full range of values and fine detail.
The Cincinnati Find of Nineteenth Century Baseball Cabinet Photographs.
It seems only fitting that the most significant find of early baseball photography in recent memory should surface in a city with such an essential role in the early professional game. While the precise history of this volume of fifty cabinets has been lost beneath the sands of time, our strong suspicion is that the genesis lies in the family of William "Buck" Ewing, the Hall of Fame catcher, who appears several times in the imagery. Even more compelling is the appearance of his brother John Ewing, who is pictured both as a member of his elder sibling's 1891 New York Giants, and also on various minor league squads. There would appear to be no other reason for such a wide (and occasionally obscure) cross-section of Ewing-related imagery other than a family derivation.
Even dismissing any thoughts of original ownership, the imagery stands firmly on its own, in terms of both content and condition, which leaves little indication of the passing of a dozen decades. It's a view into the early game rarely encountered in this hobby, and an opportunity not to be taken lightly.
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