An album of over 20 years of photographs of open wheel auto racing

N.p. N.p., circa 1947-1963. Album containing 95 vintage black and white photographs and one color promotional print of open-wheel automobiles, focusing on well-known drivers, and with an emphasis on Indianapolis Motor Speedway winners.

An uncommonly large, collection of promotional photographs of various well-known race car drivers from the late 1940s through the 1960s, collected by enthusiast John E. Cory, with images shot predominantly by racing photographers Frank Smith and Ed Kirchner. Chicago-based Kirchner is represented by several of the larger prints in the collection, while New Jersey-based Smith (who advertised his work in the classified ads of national magazines like "Popular Science") shot nearly all of the smaller images.

The extensive album includes images of different types of vehicles (including midget, stock car, championship car, and formula one), crashes, mid-race action shots, and a couple of photographs intended as advertisements. Drivers featured in the album include Bobby Unser, A.J. Foyt, Rex Mays, Dan Gurney, Tony Bettenhausen, Mike O'Halloran, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones, and many more. The first racing facility to be named a "speedway," the Indianapolis Motor Speedway also features prominently, its pioneering brick track visible in numerous photos.

67 photos approximately 4 x 5 inches, the other 29 approximately 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine in a Very Good plus side-stitched white leatherette-wrapped scrapbook album.


[Book #141879]

Price: $1,200.00