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Carl Horner was the premier baseball photographer of the early 1900s.  Many of the photos taken at Horner's Boston studio eventually became iconic images that graced the baseball cards so many prewar collectors covet today.  The cabinet photos are themselves highly collectible and extremely rare, with photos of the game's most famous figures coming to market only occasionally.  When they do become available, at auction or in private transactions, selling prices are typically high, as the rarity and beauty of the items make them very desirable.  A lack of dates or subject names often makes photos difficult to identify or date; this one is estimated at 1908-10 due to the subject's youthful appearance.

Presented here is a Horner cabinet photo of Ernest Sargent Barnard, the man who eventually became president of the American League in 1927.  The cabinet pictures a younger Barnard, probably around the time he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Indians.  Barnard began his tenure in Cleveland in 1903 and was promoted to VP and GM in 1908, a position he held until 1922, when he was promoted to team President.

In 1926, then-AL president Ban Johnson became critical of baseball commissioner Judge Landis for granting amnesty to superstars Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker in light of evidence that the two had conspired to throw a game in 1919.  Landis gave the AL owners a "him or me" ultimatum, and in early 1927 the owners voted to remove Johnson from the office.  Since Barnard had served as mediator between Johnson and Landis in the past, owners replaced Ban Johnson with Barnard.  He served his three year term that expired in December of 1930 and was re-elected to another term, but passed away in early 1931 - coincidentally, just one day before Ban Johnson himself died.

This photo is stunning in its clarity and condition, having been well-preserved for more than 100 years.  As with many cabinet images of the period, there is pencil writing on the reverse of the mount, identifying the subject.  An interesting curiosity about this cabinet is its less familiar stamp - the more traditional Horner stamp was more ornate, this one written in a red/brown, Asian-style typeface.  This stamp, along with the oval mount style, makes this a rather unique piece among Horner cabinets.

This is an amazingly well-preserved document of one of the pioneers of modern baseball, one of its early leaders who helped shape not only one of the most storied franchises in history in the Cleveland Indians, but also the American League itself, a century-old image taken by one of the game's most famous photographers.
Stunning Circa 1908-16 Carl Horner Cabinet Photo of AL President E.S. BarnardStunning Circa 1908-16 Carl Horner Cabinet Photo of AL President E.S. Barnard
Stunning Circa 1908-16 Carl Horner Cabinet Photo of AL President E.S. Barnard
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Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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