1924 Washington Senators Visit White House Tremendous Photograph. As the eventual World Champions smile broadly on the White House lawn in early September of 1924, President Coolidge stands in sharp sullen contrast, still reeling from the sudden loss of his son Calvin Jr., who had died just weeks earlier after developing blood poisoning from a blister suffered in an innocent game of tennis. A dark mourning band encircles the President's left bicep. As such the piece carries exceptional historical relevance, both in documenting the Senators' only Championship team and the immense sadness that essentially ended the political fervor and future aspirations of the Commander in Chief. Walter Johnson stands immediately to the right of Coolidge, with Muddy Ruel and Sam Rice nearby. The photo is simply overwhelming in its dimensions, the gelatin print measuring 23x41", with the original frame expanding the size to 27x45". We have no doubt that this piece was once upon public display--note the drilled holes at the corners for secure mounting to a wall--and we'd suspect that its former home was Griffith Stadium, though we cannot state this definitively. The condition of the piece is as stunning as its dimensions, with only the slightest hint of age toning in the area dominated by the White House backdrop, leaving the team shot itself free of even the slightest flaw.

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