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1912, 1914, 1917 Charles Comiskey Woodland Bards Collection (3) One Signed!
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $822.50
Beginning in 1900, Charles Comiskey and a number of his close-knit friends took an annual camping trip to the Jerome Hunting and Fishing Club on Trude Lake, near Springstead and Mercer, Wisconsin. There they enjoyed an extended stay punctuated by good food, good wine, and good conversation, as well as the requisite hunting and fishing. In 1907 Comiskey gained control of the club and it was at that time that his entourage officially took the name Woodland Bards. The club featured a large and diverse membership that included fellow owners, politicians, entertainers, and former ballplayers. One of the primary membership requirements seemed to be at least one extended stay at the camp. Eventually the camp expanded to include a zoo that boasted large herds of deer, buffalo, elk, and moose. Two of the captive animals, Monte the Antelope and Minnie the Doe, later became celebrities in their own right due to their comical interactions with camp visitors. Offered here are three rare souvenir items relating to the Woodland Bards and their annual camping trips. Each is a very substantial rarity in its own right. 1) 1912 Menu Booklet. This small soft-cover booklet (3.75 x 3.25 inches) features a photo of Monte the Antelope on the cover. Inside is a sepia photo of Comiskey followed by the title page that reads, "Thirteenth Annual Pilgrimage — Charles Comiskey and party. Camp Jerome, Trude Lake, Northern Wisconsin. October seventeenth nineteen hundred and twelve. The twenty-four-page booklet features the daily menus plus poems and proverbs relating to the virtues of drinking, revelry and the outdoor life. Excellent condition, with an extremely light stain on the back cover that permeates some of the interior pages. 2) 1914 Train Menu. The two-page fold-over train menu (6.25 x 8.75 inches) was issued for the "Fifteenth Annual Hunting and Fishing Trip — Charles A. Comiskey and Party — Jerome Fishing and Hunting Club — Trude Lake, Wis." As noted on the cover, the train leaves "Chicago 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October Seventeenth — Nineteen hundred and fourteen." The interior features a portrait photo of Comiskey and the menu for the trip. A number of pencil signatures (grading "9") appear on the reverse including those of Charles Comiskey, Thomas Lynch (former National League President), "Nixey" Callahan (former White Sox manager), and J. Louis Comiskey (Charles Comiskey's son). Very Good condition, with folds, light staining throughout, and adhesive residue along the border areas from having once been mounted in an album. 3) 1917 Charles Comiskey Invitation to the Dedication of the Woodland Bards' Trophy Room. This rare invitation to the January 19, 1917, dedication of the Woodland Bards' Trophy Room, located inside Comiskey Park, features a large sepia photo of Charles Comiskey on the cover. The five-page invitation, printed on heavy manila stock, features numerous photos of both the campsite and animals native to the area (including Monte the Antelope and Minnie the Doe), as well as various trophies. An interior page lists the names of over 250 club members, including John McGraw, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Ed Walsh, Harry Frazee, Jacob Ruppert, and George M. Cohan. The invitation (7 x 11 inches) is bound with string along the left border. Excellent to Mint condition, with very minor foxing and a small light stain on the last page. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $822.50
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