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    An early photographic study of the noble Iron Horse

    Circa 1925 Lou Gehrig Original News Photograph by Charles Conlon, PSA/DNA Type 1. Along with Carl Horner, Paul Thompson and George Grantham Bain, Charles Conlon appears on the Mount Rushmore of early twentieth century baseball photographers, an essential contributor to our visual record of that important age. But Conlon was far more than a simple documentarian, as this compelling study of a young Iron Horse should illustrate. The work reveals a delicate mastery of composition, of the balance between light and shadow, more commonly found in fine art galleries than in the sporting pages

    The lack of a digit on the back of Gehrig's pinstripes assures a vintage no later than 1928, though we suspect the image dates to the first full season of his Yankees service, the beginning of his fabled streak in 1925. The 6.25x8.5" print presents without any distractions of significance, with typical edge and corner wear confined entirely to the thin white borders. Reverse bears a unique Conlon stamp identifying him as "Photographer for Spalding's Guide and Baseball Magazine." Certainly one of the finest Gehrig images we've had the good fortune to offer. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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