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Photograph, Documentary, Bald Head Club of America, Group Portrait, 1923

$425

Bald Head Club of America
Hartford, Connecticut: May 8, 1923
Mounted black and white photograph
6.25 x 11.5 inches, photo
7.25 x 14.5 inches, mat
$425

Approximately 70 members of the Bald Head Club of America pose for a group portrait in front of The Heublein Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut. This humorous fraternal organization was active in Connecticut in the 1910s and 1920s, and counted some prominent citizens among its membership including John Rodemeyer, editor of The Greenwich Weekly News and Graphic; former Speaker of the Assembly James F. Walsh; and Judge Leonard J. Nickerson, also a state representative. A New York Times article in the spring of 1921 gives a playful account of a presentation by Rodemeyer, then president of the group, to the Connecticut General Assembly, in support of a bill giving the Bald Head Club the right to issue charters and establish branches nationally so that “groups of bald-heads in other States…might be united in a common bond of hairless brotherhood, that every city and town might some day have its own club of happy individuals with shining pates and smiling faces.” The legislators approved the bill, which was duly reported in a follow-up article in the Times.

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Approximately 70 members of the Bald Head Club of America pose for a group portrait in front of The Heublein Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut. This humorous fraternal organization was active in Connecticut in the 1910s and 1920s, and counted some prominent citizens among its membership including John Rodemeyer, editor of The Greenwich Weekly News and Graphic; former Speaker of the Assembly James F. Walsh; and Judge Leonard J. Nickerson, also a state representative. A New York Times article in the spring of 1921 gives a playful account of a presentation by Rodemeyer, then president of the group, to the Connecticut General Assembly, in support of a bill giving the Bald Head Club the right to issue charters and establish branches nationally so that “groups of bald-heads in other States…might be united in a common bond of hairless brotherhood, that every city and town might some day have its own club of happy individuals with shining pates and smiling faces.” The legislators approved the bill, which was duly reported in a follow-up article in the Times.

Condition: Photo generally very good with the usual light overall toning and light wear near title. Photo mounted on stiff card mat as issued. Mat good, slightly warped, with usual toning and wear, some chipping to edges, and light staining — all can be matted out when framing.

References:

“Aid Bald Head Club: Connecticut Legislators Approve Bill Making It World Wide.” New York Times. 27 May 1921. Online at http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30C17FB3D551A738DDDAE0A94DD405B818EF1D3 (23 May 2011).

“Legislators Merry Over Baldheads.” New York Times. 7 April 1921. Online at http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0D16FB3B5B1B7A93C5A9178FD85F458285F9 (23 May 2011).

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Century

20th Century