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Thursday, September 1, 2011

NYPL rare baseball photo on ebay - interesting story on artifacts, theft, & the internet

Really interesting story about library artifacts, theft, and selling of materials...

A 19th-century cabinet photo created by the Philadelphia photographer, Phillip Edward Chillman, was documented on the NYPL’s 1922 inventory of the Spalding Collection but, after an inventory was taken by the library in 1987, it was discovered missing along with another photograph of Reach. Both cabinet photos appear on the NYPL’s official “Missing List” for the Spalding Collection’s photographic archive and both appear to have been offered at various auctions in the 1990s.  (We published a report about the other missing Reach photo this past January and confirmed it was sold at Richard Wolfers Auctions.)

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