Absolutely incredible circa 1912 silver gelatin photograph of a nearly nude Jim Thorpe from head to toe wearing only his jock strap and taken to show off the powerful physique that made him the greatest athlete of his generation. A breathtaking silver gelatin image, this is the only vintage example of this photograph we have ever seen offered publicly and this is fresh from a newspaper archive where it sat for the last 100 years! The clarity is perfect and this is completely original to about 1912 with the chip on the right side being the only major flaw, but it does not affect the image of Thorpe. Quite simply, one of the greatest photographs we have ever sold, period!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 6.5/10