Love of the Game Spring, 2014 Auction - Closes Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Edward C Dana was a very successful and famous 19th Century photographer who became interested in photography after seeing photos of the Civil War.  He opened his first studio in Brooklyn in 1875, and his skill as a photographer, coupled with his business acumen, resulted in an increasing amount of notoriety, awards, and visibility in his field.  Somewhat of a visionary, Dana and his chief printer George A. Connor experimented with a variety of printing processes, inventing a form of photo printing called "carbonate."  Dana also became one of the first photographers to begin selling his photos to the editors of various publications for use in print.

In 1895, Dana took a series of studio portraits of members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, including this one of then-Pirates shortstop Monte Cross.  The image, better recognized as the image on Cross' W600 Sporting Life cabinet, is absolutely stunning, one of the first early cabinet photos not to feature the subject set against a painted background (as seen on many Old Judge cards, for instance).  

The photo, in outstanding condition, is one of a small number of Dana Pittsburgh Pirates cabinets that appeared for sale on eBay several years ago, and remain the only examples we have seen.  We are extremely privileged to offer two different examples in this auction, each one possibly unique.  The mount is worn at the corners and edges, the chief condition flaws being pinholes at the top and bottom of the mount.  The photograph itself is sensational, in near mint condition with tremendous contrast.  Cross went on to have a 15-year career in baseball, primarily in Philadelphia with the Phillies and A's.  

An exquisite, museum-quality piece, likely unique, one of a small number of such cabinet photos produced by one of New York's most successful photographers in 1895.

Spectacular 1890s Dana Cabinet Monte CrossSpectacular 1890s Dana Cabinet Monte Cross
Spectacular 1890s Dana Cabinet Monte Cross
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Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,300
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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