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Lot # 1134 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Iconic 1939 "Joe Jackson's Liquor Store" Original News Photograph

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $823

Original news photo of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson posing behind the counter of his liquor store in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1939. While this is a famous image, reproduced countless times in various publications and books, we cannot recall having ever offered an original print dating from 1939. It is also one of the few known photos capturing Jackson during his later life, long after his playing days were over. This is an iconic image that has come to represent Jackson's sad fate. Following his banishment from organized baseball in 1921, Jackson continued to earn a meager living playing ball in various semipro leagues, where he was often forced to use assumed names or aliases in order to hide his true identity. In 1933 Jackson finally retired from the game and moved back to his home state of South Carolina, settling in Greenville. After a brief stint as owner of a barbecue restaurant, he opened "Joe Jackson's Liquor Store," where he also served as the counterman for the establishment. He remained proprietor of the liquor store until his death in 1951 at the age of sixty-two. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) bears an International News Photos, Inc., stamp on the reverse, as well as an affixed clipping of the original newspaper article featuring this photo. The newspaper clipping has an "Oct 3 - 1939" date stamp on the front. Approximately half of the caption below the newspaper photo has been torn away, but Jackson is clearly identified in the remaining text. The headline to the clipping reads "Shoeless Joe - 25 Years Later." The photo displays a few very minor creases as well as a few areas of light editorial shading (common to news photos). While technically in Very Good to Excellent condition, most of the creases can only be observed when viewed at certain angles and the photo displays strongly as Excellent. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $823

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