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This is an old photo taken by the Cardinell Vincent Co. on April 8, 1915. It’s a very nice image of six men on polo ponies with their mallets raised. The men are dressed in traditional white trousers and polo shirts, riding boots and polo hats or helmets. Five of the men have a colored banner around their shirt. Only one of the six horses is white. There is nothing that I can see to identify the players or team but in the lower left corner is the following information; 271 P (copyright) P.P.I.E. Co. – Cardinell Vincent Co. – Official Photographer – April 8, 1915. This information led to some research. As clearly stated, the staff of the Cardinell Vincent Co. took all of the official photographs at the 1915 San Francisco Pan Pacific International Exposition. The Universal or International Polo Match was apparently held during the expo along with a variety of other sports so this photo apparently commemorates that event. Supposedly teams from all over the world were supposed to participate but I was unable to find out who won the tournament. This may have been the winning team or perhaps all of the participants had a team photo taken for the record. Whichever the case I have not found other photos of the event. The photo appears to be in its original frame which looks like oak with a dark stain. The outer edge has a decorative scroll detail which is enhanced with gold. The back appears to have the original paper, eyelets and wire and therefore I believe the glass is also original.
Overall it measures about 9 3/8” by 15 7/8” and the inside measurement of the frame is 7 3/8” by 13 7/8”. The photograph appears to be in very good condition with a little dust under the glass but no noticeable stains or damage. The glass is intact with no damage and the frame is good with minor wear primarily to the corners. The paper on the back is stained and torn and the eyelets are rusted. The wire is on the brittle side and should probably be replaced for safety before hanging.
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Vintage Sports Photograph – 1915 Horse Polo Team – S.F. Pan Pacific Int’l Exposition – Original Frame
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