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1922-23 Yankee Stadium Construction Original Photo Archive (10)

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

This extraordinarily significant collection of nine original photographs chronicles the construction of Yankee Stadium between the years 1922 and 1923. This may be the only original series of photographs documenting the rise of the most famous baseball stadium in the world. Each photograph is extraordinary individually. Together, the series is of even greater significance than the sum of its parts, visually telling the story of the building of the stadium, and representing the foundation of a tremendous display devoted to Yankee Stadium. In what can only be described as a miracle of both engineering and labor, Yankee Stadium was constructed in less than a year, with the groundbreaking taking place just 284 days prior to its opening on April 18, 1923. The stadium was designed by the Osborne Engineering Company of Ohio, while the actual construction was executed by the White Construction Co. of New York. This unique series of original photographs appears to have long ago originated directly from the files of the White Construction Company (its name is printed on the front of all but one). Eight of the nine are linen-backed and designed with an extra folding blank section to allow for filing in a special presentation book if desired. Together the series of photographs documents the rapid rise of "The House That Ruth Built." Each photo is precisely dated (either on the front or reverse) and eight of the photos feature the credit stamp of New York photographer Howard Cox on the reverse. The first photograph in the series pictures the proposed site of the stadium (the Polo Grounds are clearly visible in the background), while the final image pictures the nearly completed stadium on March 15, 1923. Also included with the lot is a non-vintage photographic print of Yankee Stadium on opening day in 1923. All of the photos measure approximately 9.5 x 7.5 inches (one slightly smaller) and are in Excellent condition. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,900.00

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