Picture yourself in possession of this pair of antique baseball photos. Prolific photographer Charles Conlon is perhaps baseball’s greatest visual chronicler. His incredible body of work not only captured the participants but also the spirit of the game. Take in the spirit of this master photographer’s work with this pair of ancient photos. Washington Senators outfielder Clyde Milan is the subject of these classic images. Known as “Deerfoot”, this fleet table-setter enjoyed a lengthy career as a batter who could get on base, advance through steals and score regularly. Conlon’s well-composed depictions showcase Milan standing out in contrast to soft focus backgrounds in a batting and throwing pose.
The 8x10 batting pose photo is stamped on the back with Conlon’s credit and shows moderate overall wear but remains attractive despite its advanced age. The reverse is affected by adhesive residue and minor surface paper loss. These conditions have minimal impact on the obverse, which remains glossy, distinct and appealing with deference to some small abrasions in the area of the hat.
The 6-1/2 x 8-1/2” throwing pose photo is very sharp and glossy with clean surfaces both front and back. Typical corner wear and some creases at top right have little impact on the appeal of this engaging photo. Reverse side pencil writing appears as “Clyde Milan-Washington”.