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1895 Elmer "Mike" Smith Cabinet Photo by E.C. Dana

Lot Number 611

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Both subject and artist proved versatile on this gorgeous 1895 cabinet photo. Portrayed is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Elmer “Mike” Smith clad in his collared wool jersey and jockey style cap with an abbreviated bill. The 4-1/4 x 6-1/2” sharp sepia-toned likeness is mounted to thick stock and depicts a pensive man: is he contemplating hitting? Pitching? Because he did both quite well, posting a .310 career average (14 seasons) and, in his early years, 75 mound wins and an American Association league-leading 2.94 ERA in 1887. The lower border features engravings reading: “Dana” (in cursive); “Carbonette 1895”; and “New York, Brooklyn, Pittsburg” (tiered studio location listings). The reverse is home to similar printed identifiers, as well as a proclamation of “Duplicates Can Be Had at Any Time.” This rare and well-kept prize shows minor edge wear, (2) lower creases and minimal chipping on the lower rounded corners. Photographer Edward Carey Dana chose not to follow his father’s footsteps in the financial world, but instead made artistic innovations by abandoning the customary painted backgrounds. Dana produced cabinet photos of several Pirate players during a brief period, but this is one of just a handful of survivors. Having captured a variety of subjects in his poignant photos, Dana, unfortunately, succumbed to cancer in 1897 at the age of 44.  

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