A+RARE Orig1909 Photo*CHILOCCO Indian School Baseball

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 29, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

For auction is a one-of-a-kind, rare, great resolution, MINT CONDITION, original, vintage (ca 1909), non-glossy, sepia tone, mounted photo that depicts the 1909 baseball team from the well known CHILOCCO INDIAN AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL, Oklahoma. The Chilocco squad is featured with their opponents (the Arkansas City, Kansas "A's"?) and numerous well dressed fans. This classic image also includes athletic trainer and coach, ALFRED M. "Chief" VENNE* (middle of photo, fourth from the right on baseball player benches) who coached at Chilocco for a short time. Venne actually coached at the famous Carlisle Indian School (1904-08) and s everal of his players were recruited into pro and semi-pro baseball teams in the early 1900's. In this photo, I believe Venne is wearing his CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL trainer/coach jacket! (see 3rd pic featuring close-up of Venne in this auction's image attachements) Additionally, Alfred Venne also played an important role in training the young Jim Thorpe in several sporting events in Thorpe's early formative years. I do not know who photographed this photo. This photo has a great patina. Note the classic baseball uniforms, bats, and early baseball mits of the era. The photo measures 5" x 7" and the black mounting card measures 8" x 10". THIS AUCTION ITEM IS NOT A REPRODUCTION!

Constructed in 1883, Chilocco Indian Agricultural School was a federal off-reservation boarding school established to house, civilize, Christianize, educate, and transform American Indian youth. In January 1884 Chilocco opened its doors to 150 children from the Cheyene, Arapaho, Wichita, Comanche, and Pawnee tribes. By 1906 students hailed from a wide variety of tribes across Oklahoma and the West. Chilocco was one of many federal schools designed to dissolve tribal identity and erase tribal beliefs. The large boarding school used rigorous military discipline and stressed instruction in trades and manual and domestic labor. In the early years Alumni remembered twenty-two bugle calls a day, Government-issue uniforms, scanty meals, and inadequate health care. Participation and comradery in sports and other extra cirricular activities was a welcome relief to a strict militaristic environment.

This very rare and outstanding photograph is in excellent condition! However, the black cardboard mounting/frame is in "good" condition with very light markings, lightly bumped corners, and a 2.25" bend in the upper left had corner of the black cardboard mounting. Overall the photo itself is clean and crisp! The photo is in stellar "Top Notch" condition and the mounting is in good condition! Please review attachments to confirm condition.

The rarity, age (ca 1909), stellar condition, outstanding subject matter, and awesome composition of the photo make this a truely superior collectable! This truely one-of-a-kind vintage item is the perfect addition/"must-have" to your vintage Chilocco Indian School, and/or Native American history memoribilia collection(s). Don't miss out on this unique item I have for auction.

*Footnote: Alfred M. Venne (1879-1971) was a Chippewa Indian who was also educated at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Pennsylvania. He later became an educator, athletic manager and coach, administrator and mentor to countless young men. Venne was born in Dakota Territory in 1879 and he entered Carlisle in 1899. He was an excellent football and baseball player under the famous Coach "Pop" Warner. Venne graduated from Carlisle in te class of 1904. Upon graduation Alfred was highly regarded and retained on staff at Carlisle as an athletic trainer and coach. In 1909 Venne transfered to Chilocco Indian School and coached for a short time. Venne trained and coached Jim Thorpe in several sports between 1904 and 1906 and was instumental in preparing him to play football in 1907 when Pop Warner returned to Carlisle from Cornell as head coach. He was a very accomplished individual through the course of his life.