1955 Topps All-American Jim Thorpe Original Wire Photo

Here’s the original picture used for Jim Thorpe’s 1955 Topps All-American card.

The April 2002 auction that featured the item described the original wire photo as 8’’ by 10’’ and taken between 1919 and 1920, capturing Thorpe posing as a member of the Canton Bulldogs. The reverse has the original paper caption and two stamps: “Central Press Association September 21, 1935 Reference” and “National News Photos, Inc.”

This photo was enhanced for newspaper use, including details added to his leg pads, helmet, and hands.

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