James J. Corbett vs. Kid McCoy
Vintage large format matted albumen photograph.
At Madison Square Garden in New York
August 30th, 1900
Photograph date - c. 1900-1910's
I have seen a few different photographs from this fight over the years, but never from this particular angle.
This photograph originally hung in the West Baden Hotel in Indiana, which eventually was transformed into a seminary known as West Baden College.
It was presented to Charles B. Rexford, owner of the West Baden Hotel by Frank Hall, the manager of John L. Sullivan.
Charles B. Rexford was married to Lillian Sinclair, daughter of Lee Wiley Sinclair. Sinclair bought the original West Baden Hotel in 1888 and changed the name to West Baden Springs Hotel. The hotel hosted many well known guests such as John L. Sullivan, Al Capone and "Diamond" Jim Brady. When Lee Sinclair died in 1916, his daughter, Lillian, and her husband, Charles B. Rexford, took over the hotel's management.
Frank Hall, manager of John L. Sullivan, identified many spectators at the Corbett vs. McCoy fight on the photograph and then presented it with the original news article about the fight to Charles B. Rexford.
It is assumed it hung in the hotel when it was under his control and stayed there throughout various subsequent owners until the consignors of this piece obtained it in the 1960's when the then college was closed and all interior furnishings were auctioned off to the public.
The photo is mounted on a thicker board. It is then matted with a vintage gold foil mat frame.
SIZE - Photo itself is around 16x20 inches without the mat, give or take a bit. Mat measures about 28" x 22 1/2" inches.
CONDITION - No rips tears or creases in the visible part of the photo. It is a bit washed out as seen in the pictures and therefore the clarity suffers some. Probably from sunlight and exposure to the elements over the years. There are several chips in the gold foil on the mat frame. Some foxing and mold spores appear to dot the photograph also.
Price - SOLD
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