16 December 2020
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Significant Edward Maynard Boston Red Sox Photographic Archive and Autographed Guest Register c.1915-16 (Ex-Draper & Maynard Collection)
Important and unique original archive with relation to the Boston Red Sox World Championship team of the 1915 and 1916 seasons, including Babe Ruth. The archive originated from the family of Edward Maynard, who was a partner in the highly regarded Draper & Maynard Sporting Goods Company. The firm was one of the most prominent sporting goods suppliers in the country from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Based in New England, Edward Maynard owned a camp on Cotton Cove at Squam Lake in New Hampshire. After the World Series contests in 1915 and 1916 Maynard invited the victorious Red Sox to stay at the camp as his guests. It was during these two trips that the offered archive was accumulated, and then passed down through the Maynard family.
Offered is a period photographic album containing (24) original 4"x5" sepia tone images taken during the trip to the Draper & Maynard factory and the camp at Squam Lake. Numerous photos included with players wearing their Red Sox sweaters, as well as players learning how to make baseball equipment at the factory. A remarkable eleven images within the album picture Babe Ruth in various poses including making baseballs, ready for hunting wearing a fur coat, and at Draper & Maynard Park in full Red Sox uniform. Photo quality is very fine throughout, with only one or two having minimal wear to edges/corners.
The archive also includes the original bound guest book from "Eveleds Camp," as built and operated by Edward Maynard at Cotton Cove on Squam Lake, NH. The album measures a sizeable 7"x9" and has been autographed by (91) guests of the Camp. The signatures include a number of players from the World Champion Boston Red Sox of 1915-16 who signed when visiting. Among the signatures is a very scarce and desirable early career autograph of "Mr. Geo H Ruth" dated (in Ruth's hand) "Oct. 17-1916". Signature exhibits all the qualities of Ruth's early penmanship as his autograph evolved into the classic form that would become the most recognized in all of sports.
Additional player/notable signatures include Tim Murnane, Richard Hoblitzell, Ernie Shore and Tris Speaker. Several members of the Maynard family have signed the book as well. Signatures range from 7-9 out of 10, with Ruth grading 8. Amazing intact archive dating to the Boston Red Sox Championship era and infancy of Babe Ruth's iconic career. Includes full LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA: Photos: Range EX-NM, Autographs: Range EX-NM
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