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1940 Harlem Globetrotters Chicago Stadium Photo

Lot Number 1243

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Long before the exploits of Michael Jordan powered the Chicago Bulls to championship status at the since-razed Chicago Stadium, the near-west side venue hosted the Harlem Globetrotters and their theatrical stylings. This vintage poster was issued following a November 29, 1940 exhibition between the Globetrotters and All-Americans. Firmly adhered to a thick-stock board measuring 30-1/2 x 23-3/8”, the sizable black-and-white photo shows the combatants on the hardwood. The printed legend reads: “A Harry Hannin production – STADIUM RECORD BROKEN! 23,401 fans witnessed – All-Star Classic – Chicago Stadium – November 29, 1940 – Globetrotters vs All-Americans.” Panning the stadium, there doesn’t appear to be an empty seat in the house whose capacity was just 17,000! The Globetrotters, incidentally, were founded in Chicago and didn’t debut in “Harlem” until 1958. Promoter Abe Saperstein figured that since Harlem was the center of African-American culture, the name would be better suited for his team. The poster presents nicely with minor edge bumps and creases, as well as a series of tiny holes (along the upper border) from previous display.

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