Turn-of-the-Century Cyanotype Image of Ted Kennedy 
Lot Number 317
 
Quantity: Bid Started: 02/21/2007 10:00:00 
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Description

Cyanotype is an old monochrome photographic printing process that gives a cyan-blue print. The process was discovered in 1884 by an English scientist and was used into the 20th Century. The process uses two chemicals ammonium iron (III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The combination of the two chemicals results in a photo-sensitive solution when dissolved in water, which is used to coat a material (usually paper). Cyanotype images are very scarce in part due to the limited use of the process and the nature of the chemicals. Presented is a beautiful cyanotype of Ted Kennedy from the late 19th Century. The 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inch relic is in spectacular condition and features the one-time major league player showing off his wicked curveball pose. The blue-tinted image has a 9 in the upper right corner, reversed and displays a centerfold crease and small mark near his left foot. The overall grade of this unique image is EX. Although the image has the familiar look of the N172 Old Judge photos, research has found no concrete documentation that connects this with the Old Judge series. Kennedy is pictured in a St. Louis Browns uniform, a team for which he was a coach. Even without an Old Judge connection, this very rare cyanotype of a major league baseball player will draw considerable attention from serious collectors. 
 
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