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1909 Ottawa Cliffsides I.A.H.U. Champions Real-Photo Postcard - First Allan Cup Winners

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Just three weeks after winning the inaugural Allan Cup (an early predecessor of the Stanley Cup), Ottawa Cliffsides player J.L.W[illiams] wrote out this postcard to family or friends back home. The neatly penned message reads, "Thought I would enclose this card. 'Interprovincial Amateur Hockey Union' (I.A.H.U.) includes teams from Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Que; & Ottawa Ontario. We are probably the youngest team in the league. I missed the last two games of the season. J.L.W." This was the first of three IAHU seasons for Ottawa, and they won the league championship game over Montreal by a score of 9-7. The 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" real-photo postcard heralds the team as "I.A.H.U. Champions / Allan Cup Holders / Amateur Champions of the World." Pictured are Stewart Christie, Charlie McKinley, Billy Stewart, Norman Henry, Horace Merrill (later played for the Ottawa Senators), Hall, Dion, Powell and the aforementioned Williams. Technically VG due to corner creasing, but quite well-preserved overall.

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