1929 Clarence "Footsie" Blair portrait photo in full uniform from the Chicago Cubs. A rare player to find images of, Footsie only played three part time seasons in the big leagues. Taken by photographer Charles Conlon and with his handwriting and signature on the back, this is a really clean and bold example that presents in perfect 10/10 condition! Charles Conlon (1886-1945) was America's first sports photojournalist. In the primitive days of photography, he lugged his camera to the ballpark to capture the heroes of the game in their natural setting and paved the way for a new genre of photography. His work encompassed four decades and he became a true master of his craft. His images range from aging 19th century stars through the golden age of the game and most of the iconic baseball photographs of the early 20th century originate from the camera of Conlon. Due to the nature of his employment, images from Conlon are quite rare to find.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 10/10