Turn back time with this early 20th Century baseball photo lot of (6). Populated with players who starred in the majors and minors including (2) Federal Leaguers, this selection of antique photographs makes a great prize for dedicated baseball historians. Featured are:
c.1900s Claude Berry 6x8 cabinet photo with street clothes oval portrait. This photo is reported as having come Berry's estate and bears a photographer credit at bottom right, with "C.F. Bowden, Muncie, Ind.", which neighbors Berry's hometown of Losantville. Berry played with the Chicago White Sox 1904, the Philadelphia Athletics 1906-1907 and the Federal League Pittsburgh Rebels 1914-1915, but his greatest success came while playing in California c.1910. Pinholes are noted at the corners but do not affect the image and the reverse has traces of album paper residue, otherwise this photo is solid and handsome.
1908 Barton, Utah town team RPPC with team photo (EX+) with deference to reverse written notations that inlcude the names of four players, with "Berry, Bishop, Kelley and Parker Barrons".
1908 Barton, Utah town team individual player 6x9 cabinet card photo in solid and pleasing condition, with deference to a bit of surface paper loss at top right and a small stain on the border at bottom left. This player is also seen in the postcard listed above, seated at far right on the front row. A studio credit is located at bottom right, with "Ut. Photo Co.".
1910 Delos Drake 6x9 cabinet photo with oval portrait. Drake is seen in a Wilkes Barre Barons uniform and his name and position "C.F." are printed at bottom of the oval image. The studio credit at bottom right is "Stearns & Wildermuth, Wilkes Barre, PA.". Moderate corner wear and a bit of reverse side surface paper loss lead to a (VG) rating, but the photo image presents nicely. Drake's Major League service includes the 1911 season with the Detroit Tigers and a 1914-1915 Federal League stint with the St. Louis Terriers.
(2) c.1931 Chattanooga Lookouts 3-1/4 x 5" photos (both GD-VG) with Bill Andrus ("6-7") signed and personalized; and an undetermined left-handed batter. A terror in the Southern League, Andrus had briefs stints with the Washington Senators in 1931 and the Philadelphia A's in 1937.