Mastro Summer 2006
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So the story goes, the great Honus Wagner was featured in a 1909 Vitagraph short titled Spring Fever. Furthermore, we do believe that this silent comedy (which debuted a decade after its filming) dates to the very early appearances of Moe and Shemp Howard (of Stooges renown). It was the Dutchman's second of two silver screen appearances, and we doubt that the film circulated much beyond the bounds of Allegheny County. Surviving from that sally is this lobby card. It's possibly unique, as is suggested by what appears to be an originally written caption (in the upper right corner). "Hans Wagner in 'Spring Fever'" it says, and the star is shown in an aquatic wilderness (with a backdrop looking much like a river lock on the Monongahela). The piece is framed to about 16" x 19", with a matte to expose 12 1/4" x 9 1/4". The Pirate administration evidently had no objections in all this as Wagner wanders leisurely with an overcoat about his Pittsburgh uniform. For manifold points of collecting interest, this is a gem, and it remains in Near Mint condition.
1909 Honus Wagner Theater Lobby Card
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