Description1916 Boston Red Sox "Stag Brand Sweaters" Advertising Team Cabinet Photograph with Babe Ruth. Extraordinarily scarce and desirable advertising piece is one of just a handful known dating to the second full season of Babe Ruth's Major League career, and specifically to a World Series best remembered for his fourteen-inning complete game masterpiece against the Brooklyn Robins in the second contest. In fact, this exact image occupies the back cover of the Boston version of the 1916 World Series program.
Here the original 5x7" black and white photograph is affixed to an 8.75x10.75" cardboard mount promoting "Stag Brand Sweaters," with further printed text reporting "Red Sox, World Series 1916" and a full listing of the pictured roster. Ruth sits cross-legged at center of bottom row against a backdrop of a four-year old Fenway Park grandstand. Fellow Hall of Famers Harry Hooper and Herb Pennock also appear. The swastika border design framing the image was still decades from taking on the dreadful connotation that would be assigned by Nazi Germany.
Condition is remarkably fine, with minor surface wear and light soiling causing little distraction, as our catalog imagery should confirm. Most of the wear appears at the borders, most likely the result of friction from an earlier framing. A small chip here is loose but present and could be easily affixed with glue. A few light touches of restoration appear in the photo, affecting less than one percent of the surface area. These are all very minor quibbles, reported only in the interest of full disclosure. It's a gorgeous rarity, quite possibly the finest surviving example.
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