Collection of 23 Paul Thompson news service photos featuring the World Champion 1920 Cleveland Indians. Incredibly, all presented examples measure 8" x 10" - a format found far less frequently than the ubiquitous 5" x 7" and 6.5" x 8.5" sizes commonly used by Thompson's service. Without question, the star of this show is Ray Chapman who was tragically killed shortly after being struck by a pitch from Yankees hurler Carl Mays on August 27, 1920. Larry Gardner and George Burns are the lone images shot during 1921 and they're sporting the team's famous "Worlds Champions" jerseys.
Players included: Joe Boehling, George Burns (1921), Ray Chapman, Bob Clark, Stan Covaleski (HOF), Larry Gardner (portrait), Larry Gardner (throwing), Larry Gardner (1921), Charlie Jamieson (portrait), Charlie Jamieson (batting), Doc Johnston (fielding), Doc Johnston (throwing 1), Doc Johnston (throwing 2), Steve O'Neill (portrait), Steve O'Neill (batting), Elmer Smith, George Uhle - Editorial masking has been applied to seven photos in this collection, outlining the players in preparation for publication. They include: Jack Graney, Elmer Myers, Tony Faeth - The following photos are duplicates of those already listed but these have the editorial masking applied: Bob Clark, Larry Gardner, Elmer Smith.
As a group, verso of photos are largely very clean with a few exhibiting mild smudging and toning. All include handwritten identifiers written in pencil and large Paul Thompson stamping. Stan Covaleski's photo is missing a large piece from the lower right corner. Though it is a fine example, Ray Chapman's photo exhibits wear to the corners inside the white border, a few modern labels are affixed to verso and a piece of clear tape covers a very small tear. These photos are fresh to the hobby and originate from the archives of Photo File, Inc. where they have been stored for several decades until this offering. Guaranteed Type 1.