Go looking for cabinet photos of ice hockey teams and you better pack a big lunch. Make that a truckload of lunches, because results are few and far between. Antique sports team cabinet photos are pretty tough in general and hockey examples are among the very toughest. Finding them in groups is a tall order even Paul Bunyan would have trouble filling, but here we answer in triplicate with this early 20th Century hockey team photo lot of (3) in generally solid condition. These highly pleasing vintage photographs offer a fascinating look at players and equipment of the 1900s-1930s, with:
6-1/2 x 8-1/2 "Wheatland Shamrocks, Winners of the Howard Cup" cabinet photo with composite portrait images of the team players circling their trophy. Of great interest are the position identifications, which include the "Rover", "Cover Point" and "Point" positions which were used during the 1890s-1900s, when teams skated seven players per side with the defensemen stacked in "I" formation. This well-preserved photo presents EX+ details with deference to one small indentation and a touch of surface loss that just happens to occur right at the point where it looks there was a year date noted.
10x8 "Outdoor Rink" team cabinet photo with players wearing jerseys with crossed sticks and the letter "I". Printed on the bottom border of the backer card is "The Kimball Studio, Concord, N.H.". There is a crack at the bottom left corner with tape reinforcement on the reverse side and one small surface wrinkle is noted when the photo is viewed up close at a certain angle, otherwise this piece is very handsome in showing EX details.
9-1/2 x 7-1/2 "Outdoors in the Snow" team photo, with the player seated at front and center wearing a jersey with the letter "L". Mounted on a heavy backer card with the image covering the entire surface, this sturdy photo shows EX-MT detail with deference to a very slim sliver of surface loss on the left edge, which has minimal impact on display appeal.