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1930s Golf News-Service Photos (31) with Findlay, Little, Sarazen, Guldahl

Item Number 45147

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Appropriately, this impressive grouping begins at the very beginning with the "Father of American Golf" Alexander Findlay, described in the paper caption on reverse as "The First Golfer in the United States." It goes on to read, "In April, 1887, Findlay started knocking a golf ball around a ranch—next to that of the famous cowboy character William (Buffalo Bill) Cody—in Nebraska. About two years later, John Reed and the 'Appletree Gang' established the nation's first accredited golf course at St. Andrews-on-the-Hudson, N.Y." The Type I photo pays tribute to his age of 72 and his distinction as "the first golfer to shoot 18 holes in 72 strokes—on the Montrose course, Scotland, 1880."

 

There are also Type I shots of Hall of Famers Lawson Little (3 - one from winning putt at 1935 Amateur Championship); Gene Sarazen (1937 Chicago Open); and Ralph Guldahl (2 - one from 1938 "Dream Match" against Denny Shute). Other highlights include Dick Chapman (namesake of the "Chapman System" best-ball handicap format); Eric Smith (later Parliament member); Duke and Duchess of Marlboro (1939); Helen Hicks (LPGA co-founder); and Craig Wood. Additional names such as Jimmy Thompson, Sam Parks, Whiffy Cox, Ross Somerville, Alex Kyle, Diana Fishwick, John Middleton, Ed Driggs, Betty Buechner/Betty Frost, Louise Iselin, Dorothy Foster, R.H. Barlow and Einar Hanson.

 

Acme Newspictures stampings, notations and/or paper captions suggest Type I origins across the board, though some examples are not quite as crisp in their image clarity and may technically be Type III. Dimensions range from 6x8 to 8x10. Typical newsroom usage wear throughout.



 
 
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