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Early Football Photography




1900 Beautiful Melon Football Shaped Diecut Football Team Photograph.  The exact identity of this team is a mystery, but I believe it has a connection to the Latrobe area.  The bearded gentleman in formal attire very well may be the early professional football manager and promoter Dave Berry.  A player in the center of the photo is holding a football with the lettering L.S.-P on it as well as the year '00.  Research has not been able to ascertain the what these initials stand for.  The Latrobe Steel Company did take over the Latrobe YMCA (whom organization who fielded Latrobe's early pro football teams) at the turn of the century, so perhaps the LS stands for Latrobe Steel, but how does the P fit in?  Dave Berry was known for his formation of all star teams, so this could also be a blend of teams.  With all this theorizing aside, this a very attractive diecut football team photograph. 
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Early 1920's Millville New Jersey Big Blue Professional Football Team Cabinet Photograph.   Millville was a New Jersey Professional Powerhouse team who compete with the best teams in the area.  A few years after this photo, the Millville squad included NFL legends Guy Chamberlain and Two Bits Homan. In 1926 the Millville Big Blue team traveled to Florida to play an exhibition football game versus the St Petersburg Cardinals (also known as the Tampa Cardinals); the Cardinals featured Native American legendary players Jim Thorpe and Pete Calac.  This photo came from a Millville New Jersey estate, and was identified as an early 1920's Millville Big Blue team by the Millville historical society.  The squad boasts some tough looking players, including a large Native American player in the left back row.  The photo is mounted to a grey board that measures 11 by 9 inches. Great early Pro Football team photo!
$450.00



 1903 Yale University Football Team Pach Bros Cabinet Photograph in its original frame.  This photograph came from the estate of Harold Metcalf who was a College All American for Yale in 1902 and 1903.  The photo shows Yale's very large team, with Captain Charles Rafferty at the center holding a melon football.  The photograph was taken by the famous Ivy League Photographer Pach Bros, and is housed in its original frame which measures 18.5 inches by 15.5 inches.   Very attractive early Yale Football photo.
$350.00


1902 Yale University Football Team Pach Bros Cabinet Photograph in its original frame.  This photograph came from the estate of Harold Metcalf who was a College All American for Yale in 1902 and 1903.  The photo shows Yale's very large team, with Captain George Chadwick at the center holding a melon football.  The photograph was taken by the famous Ivy League Photographer Pach Bros, and is housed in its original frame which measures 18.5 inches by 15.5 inches.   Very attractive early Yale Football photo.
$350.00


1931 Penn State University versus Lehigh University Football Game at Franklin Field Imperial Sized Action Scene Cabinet Photograph.  This very large photograph is mounted on 15.5 by 18.5 inch board, with the actual photo portion measuring 11 by 14 inches.  The unmistakable edifice of Franklin Field is clear in the background, with a Penn State Runner trying to evade would be Lehigh tacklers makes up the scene.  The scoreboard under magnification reads Lehigh versus Visitors.  On November 28 1931, Penn State and Lehigh squared off at Franklin Field, with PSU winning in a 31-0 shutout.  The board features no identifiers, but the scoreboard and Franklin Field aid to identify the game.  The image has great clarity which my photography fails to caption, and this is a fabulous early football action photograph.
$275.00



1898 Allegheny Athletic Association Football Team Cabinet Photo in its original frame.  One of the players is holding a melon football with Champions "98" painted on it.  Another player has a large white dog draped with a blanket that reads AAA mascot.  The photo resides in its original oak frame that measures 20.5 by 18.5 inches, with the matted portion of the photo measuring 9.5 by 7.5 inches.  A great looking photo.
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Circa 1880's Phillips Andover School Football Team Albumen Photograph.  This great photo shows the team clad in laceup smock vests decorated with large PA letters, with several of the players donning skull caps.  The photo is mounted on a light colored board which measures 9 inches by 7 inches.  There is a name notation and Massachusetts location written on back.  Great early Andover football photo.
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Great 1898 Imperial Sized Milton Academy Football Team Cabinet photo.  Milton is a very prestigious college prep school close to Boston.  This large photo is mounted to a tan board measuring 20 by 16 inches, and the board features a Partridge of Boston photographer mark.  The team shows great early equipment including noseguards, sewn on shoulder pads, as well as cape style football sweaters.  The captain is holding a football with M.A.A. 98 painted on it.  Just a great looking very large 19th century football photo. 
$275.00



1904 Keystone Academy (now known as Keystone College) Football Team Cabinet Photograph with great equipment and a mascot pig displayed.  This photo was taken only about 5 years after Christy Mathewson attended and played football at Keystone.   Many of the players are wearing great sewn on leather shoulder and elbow pads, as well as sporting noseguards and great helmets including an early 4 spoke helmet.  One of the players is holding a football painted with K.A. '04, and there is a huge Keystone banner in the background.  The photo has a Manchester of Factoryville PA photography mark, and the board measures 14 by 11 inches.  Great looking photo.  Sold.



Circa 1905 United States Marines USS Kearsarge Football Team Cabinet photo.  This tough looking team features high quality uniforms, with M's on their chest, and 1 player donning a sweater with an ornate K which matches a 1904 USS Kearsarge football team photo that research uncovered.  This attractive photo is on a board measuring 12 by 10 inches, with the photo measuring 8.25 by 6 inches.  Great early photo.
$140.00



1919 Holmesburg 2nd team Philadelphia area Professional Football team cabinet photo.  The Holmesburg Football team was a powerhouse professional team, and was in fact the Professional Champions of Philadelphia in 1919 and 1920, competing against teams like the Frankford Yellowjackets and Phoenixville Union AC.  They were such a quality team, that they field a 2nd team which is the squad captured in this great cabinet photograph.  The cabinet measures 12 by 9 inches with the photo portion measuring 10 by 7.5 inches.  Great early pro football photo.
$200.00



1903 Yale University Athletic Team Captains Pach Bros Cabinet Photograph in its original frame.  This photograph came from the estate of Harold Metcalf who was a College All American for Yale in 1902 and 1903.  The photo shows 4 of Yale's Athletic Captains including football, baseball, track and rowing, with 1903 football team Captain Charles Rafferty shown.  The photograph was taken by the famous Ivy League Photographer Pach Bros, and is housed in its original frame which measures 18.5 inches by 15.5 inches.   Very attractive early Yale photo.
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1916 Wilmington Chesrooks Professional Football Team Cabinet Photograph.  The Chesrooks team were known as the Champions of Delaware, and played against other pro teams like Holmesburgh and the Conshohocken AC.  The photograph has Chesrook Football and Champions 1916 in photographer's ink at its bottom.  The photo has a Royal of Wilmington Delaware photography mark and the board measures 14 by 12 inches.  Great early pro team cabinet photo.
$250.00



1895 Tuft's University Imperial Sized Football Team Albumen Photograph.  This great looking photo features the Tufts squad in great period uniforms including a variety of amazing caped sweaters.  The photo was identified as Tufts with the help of an early Spalding guide and Tuft's digital archives.  The photo measures 13 inches by 11 inches, and features a small area of paper loss at the top of the image (luckily not affecting any of the players) and minor surface abrasions.  The photo has exceptional clarity and overall it is a great early team photograph.
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Circa 1915-1920 Wilmington Chesrooks Professional Football Team Cabinet Photograph.  The Chesrooks team were known as the Champions of Delaware, and played against other pro teams like Holmesburgh and the Conshohocken AC.  Other than several players sporting C's on their sweaters, there are no Chesrook identifiers, but this photo came with the other 2 Chesrook photos shown above.  The photo has a Royal of Wilmington Delaware photography mark and the board measures 14 by 12 inches.  Great early pro team cabinet photo.
$150.00


1919 Wilmington Chesrooks Professional Football Team Cabinet Photograph.  The Chesrooks team were known as the Champions of Delaware, and played against other pro teams like Holmesburgh and the Conshohocken AC.  Their is a football posed in the forefront with Chesrook Champions 1919 painted on it.  The photo has a Royal of Wilmington Delaware photography mark and the board measures 14 by 12 inches.  Great early pro team cabinet photo.
$250.00


Circa 1910 Wabash University Football Team Cabinet Photo with College Football Hall of Famer and Forward Pass Innovator Jesse Harper.  Harper is showing standing, wearing his University of Chicago sweater (where he played his college football).  Harper coached at Wabash from 1909 to 1912, before leaving to be the head coach of Notre Dame where he helped the put the Irish on the football map with his innovative use of the forward pass on a large scale.  At Notre Dame Harper also helped to mold his then player and later football legend Knute Rockne.  This photo came from the estate of Fred Ebert who played at Wabash from 1910 to 1912.  The photograph is mounted a board that measures 11 by 6.5 inches.  Great photo that has ties to the early history of the forward pass.
$150.00


Imperial Sized 1906 Penn Charter School Football Team Cabinet photo.  Penn Charter is a prestigious Philadelphia prep school, which nearly a century later produced NFL Quarterback Matt Ryan.  The board of this monster sized photo measures 22 by 18 inches, with the photograph measuring 13 by 10 inches.  The captain is holding a football painted 1906 Champions, and a trophy that in person you can make out an engraved football scene.  Fantastic large sized photo.
$250.00

1893 University of Pennsylvania Football Player Cabinet photo.  Great period football uniform and pose, and the photo is taken by prominent Philadelphia photographer Gilbert & Bacon.
INV#0360
$200.00

1899 Carlisle Indians Cabinet photo of player John Warren
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1899 Cuban Football Player Cab. Photo KSNS - Now Kutztown University.
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1913 HillCrest Football Team of Wilmington Delaware Cabinet Photograph.  The team is posed in great early flattop style football helmets and some are sporting noseguards.  The player in the front row is holding a football with HillCrest '13 painted on it.  The board of this photo measures 14 by 12 inches, and features a Royal of Wilmington Delaware photographer mark.  Great early photo.  $130.00


Fantastic 1893 Football team albumen photograph with a large bulbous melon ball displayed.  This photo shows roughing look squad, some with black eyes, clad in various type of 19th century football uniforms, including lace up smock vests and jackets.  With SA present on some of the union suits, this photo is believed to be the 1893 Saint Ambrose University of Davenport Iowa Football Team.  This photograph is mounted to a light board, and measures 9.5 by 6.5 inches.  One of my favorite 19th century photos - just a fantastic look.
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1909 Chesmar Football Team of Wilmington Delaware Cabinet Photograph.  The captain of the team is holding a football with 09 painted on it, and a Chesmar banner hangs behind them.  The photograph has a Royal Studio marking, and the board measures 14 by 12 inches.
$125.00


Circa 1910 Wabash University Football Team Cabinet Photo with College Football Hall of Famer and Forward Pass Innovator Jesse Harper.  Harper is showing standing, wearing his University of Chicago sweater (where he played his college football).  Harper coached at Wabash from 1909 to 1912, before leaving to be the head coach of Notre Dame where he helped the put the Irish on the football map with his innovative use of the forward pass on a large scale.  At Notre Dame Harper also helped to mold his then player and later football legend Knute Rockne.   This photo came from the estate of Fred Ebert who played at Wabash from 1910 to 1912.  The photograph is mounted to a board that measures 11 by 6 inches.  Great photo that has ties to the early history of the forward pass.
$150.00


Circa 1910 Wabash University Football Action Scene Cabinet Photograph.  This great photo shows some players wearing no helmets, while others are wearing moleskin flattop style helmets.  This photo came from the estate of Fred Ebert who played under College Football Hall of Famer Jesse Harper from 1910 to 1912.  This photo is mounted to a board that measures 8 3/4 by 6 inches.  Great early action scene.
$100.00



1908 Blair Academy of New Jersey Football Team Cabinet photograph in a period frame.  The team is posed in front of store front with a very interesting combination of advertisements hung in its windows:  2 different Spalding Sporting goods signs with several Cascarets Cathartic Candy and laxative signs.  What type of store would specialize in Sporting Goods and Laxatives?  Overall an attractive football team photo, with a player in the front row holding a football that has painted '08 and B.A.
$125.00

1890's Kenyon College Football Player Cabinet Photo - $100 

Circa 1890's Dickinson College Football Player cabinet photo.  The photographer is the famous Carlisle Indian School photographer Choate. 
INV#0257
$140.00

Circa 1890's West Chester University Football Player Cabinet photograph.  The player sports a noseguard hanging around his neck.
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1893 Doane College of Nebraska Cabinet Photograph.  Cabinet measures 8.5 by 6.5.  $150

  Turn of the century Small (close to CDV) sized cabinet photo of 2 players of the Empire AC Football team (pro/semipro team of NY) - Great batwing noseguard and melon football shown - $150

1888 Concord NH Football Team photograph - Great early uniforms and very round melon shaped ball.   Measures approx 6 x 9.  Photo framed with custom mount with photographer info visible.   No Longer Available.

Circa 1890's Dickinson College Football Player cabinet photo.  This photo came with the above cabinet photo taken by Carlisle photographer Choate. 
INV#0257
$100.00

Circa 1901 to 1903 cabinet photograph of Princeton football player and College Hall of Famer John Dewitt.   This is a larger sized cabinet measuring 7.5 by 10 inches.   $140


1894 S.C.C. Football Team Cabinet photograph.  The team poses with a very bulbous melon football painted with S.C.C. '94.  This could denote South Carolina College, but there are no other clues to aid in identification.  Most of the players are sporting laceup smock jacket football uniforms.  This photo has beautiful clarity, and is in great condition measuring 9.5 by 7.5 inches.  Great early photo.
$100.00


Large Late 1890's Football Team Photograph.  This photo features a tough looking squad, with one of the players posing with a very bulbous melon football.  Some of the players are wearing uniforms adorned with the letter R.  The photo is attached to a board that measures 18 by 14 inches, and on the opposite side of the photo is attached a very large photographic portrait of a well dressed woman.  The identity of this team is a mystery, but it has a nice early look.
$130.00



Great Circa 1910 St Paul's School of Concorde New Hampshire Football photograph.  This amazing photo must have 100 or more students all clad in various arrays of football uniforms and helmets.  There are 3 very large pennants in the photo denoting Old Hundred, Delphian, and Isthmian.  The athletes of St Paul's school are separated in these three clubs, and they compete with each other.  This photo was taken during or just after the time of Hockey legend Hobey Baker's time at St Paul's School, and since the photo is undated, and the multitudes of players present, make any comment on his inclusion mere speculation.  Overall a fantastic image measuring 16 inches wide by 9 inches tall.  One of my favorite aspects of this unique photo are the numerous players perched upon awnings and rooftops.
$160.00


Circa 1910 Boston area Very Large Football Team Cabinet Photo.  This photo features the mark of famous Boston Photographer E. Chickering.  The board of this large photo measures 20.5 by 18 inches, and at some pointed the board was painted white, with some of the paint impinging on the photograph as well.  Most of the players are wearing sweaters adorned with the letter L, but to this point the identity of the squad is a mystery.  The back of the photo has the name of a gentleman, with a Woburn Mass address.  Attractive photo.
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Large Panoramic Photograph of the 1924 Pottsville Maroons and their huge fan base in the stands of an Atlantic City Football Stadium.  The owner of the Maroons used this game and the Maroon's huge traveling fan base to launch Pottsville's entrance into the NFL the following season.  This enormous photo measures 45 inches long and just shy of 12 inches tall, and is housed in a period zebrawood frame.  The team is shown in the foreground of the photo, while the enormous group of fans sport a variety of Pottsville pennants/pins/ and even a sash.  This photograph came with football equipment from the estate of a player who played for Pottsville.  The two other examples of this photograph that I have come seen have had photographer printing with a caption describing the scene, while this one lacks this printing. My theory is that this is an early printing of the photograph (made to be given to the players), and the owner had some other versions made with the printing for sale and or to help with his application for NFL membership.  Fantastic looking piece of early pro-football history 
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Circa 1910 Wabash University Football Team Cabinet Photograph.  The photo shows the Wabash squad posing in their W sweaters and formal attire.  This photo came from the estate of Fred Ebert who played under College Football Hall of Famer Jesse Harper from 1910 to 1912.  The photograph is mounted to a board that measures 10 by 7 inches.
$50.00


Mid to Late 1890's Football Team Cabinet Photograph.  This is a tough looking team, and is not composed of youngsters, but rather mature looking adult footballers.  Most of the team feature B's on their sweaters while two feature a D.  One of the players is holding what must surely be a Spalding No. 50 Style head harness, and 3 of the players are holding early melon style footballs.  The identity of this team is to this point a mystery, but research is ongoing, but an early pro team is a definite possibility.  The photograph is mounted to an very thin backing which measures 12 inches by 10 inches.  Great photo of a tough looking team.  Sold.


Circa 1899 Ed Rogers Carlisle Indian School Football Player Cabinet Photograph.  Ed Rogers was the captain of the Indians team, and later went on to be their coach as well as a College Hall of Fame Member.  His name is penciled on the back of the photograph (possibly an autograph).  Very nice image of an early College HOFer in period football uniform.
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1904 University of Chicago Football team cabinet photo with a young legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg included.  The photo was taken by the Martyn Studio of Chicago.  The board has been trimmed to near the edges of the photo, and the photo measures 8 by 10 inches.  Great early Stagg piece.
INV#0237
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 1891 Trinity College Football Players Carte de Viste (CDV) photo with players id'd on back.  Also notation presenting photo to player's "latest conquest" Miss Edith Ward.
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Beautiful 1902 Yale versus Harvard Football Game Stadium Action Panoramic Style Photograph in original frame.  This beauty has period ink notations on the board of the photo reading Yale 23 - Harvard 0 Nov. 22 1902.  The photograph has a Burr - McIntosh photographer mark at the lower left corner.  The photo is housed in its original black frame (which has some minor paint loss in areas which could be touched up), which measures 31 inches by 19 inches, and retains its original wood slat backing.  The photo shows most of Yale Field, with both goal posts visible, with the players in the middle of gridiron action on the field.  This photograph came from the estate of Harold Metcalf who was a College All American for Yale in 1902 and 1903.  Overall a beautiful photograph that dates to the early days of one of the most heralded college football rivalries. 
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1894 Large format Princeton Freshman Football Team Cabinet Photograph by the famous Ivy League Photographer Pach Bros.  This large photo measures 14 by 11 inches, and has gold gilding on the edges of the photo.  The majority of the players are wearing their Class of 1898 cape style sweaters, and the captain is holding a very bulbous melon football.  Fantastic early Princeton photo.
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Circa 1900 African American Football Player Cabinet Photograph.  The photo features a college age African American football player clad in a lace up smock jacket and reeded football pants.  The cabinet features a fleur de lis gold decoration at the bottom of the mount, with no photographer information.  I have found online cabinet photographs with the exact style mount and fleur de lis, that feature a Baltimore Maryland photographer.  With that in mind, the athlete pictured could be a football player from Morgan State University, Bowie State University, or Coppin State University, which are all historically black colleges in the Baltimore Maryland area.  The mount for this photograph measures approximately 5 by 7 inches.  A fantastic early African American football image.
INV#0592  Sold

 Circa 1880's Beloit College of Wisconsin Football Cabinet Photograph - measures approx 4 by 5 inches. Shows team Captains both leaning on early blunt nosed melon ball  Sold.

Circa 1880's Beloit College of Wisconsin Football Cabinet Photograph - measures approx 4 by 5 inches. Great action pose with union suits and melon football 
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Circa 1880's Beloit College of Wisconsin Football Cabinet Photograph - measures approx 4 by 5 inches. Great action pose with union suits and melon football  Sold.


Circa 1910 Cornell University Varsity Athletes photograph.  The photo features football, baseball, track, and crew athletes in various styles of Cornell athletic uniforms.  Attractive photo in its original frame.
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1919 Cheyney Training School (later would become Cheyney University) African American Football Team Cabinet photo.  Measures approx 12x10.  Cabinet has tear lower right corner.  SOLD

Circa 1890's Crescent Athletic Club versus Princeton Action Football Scene Glass Slide.  The slice is entitled Princeton man hurt.  The slide is in very nice condition and measures about 4 by 3 inches.
INV#0313
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1899 Carlisle Indians Cabinet Photo - Martin Wheelock - Carlisle Captain and Camp All-American
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