Photographer unknown: The back story on these Cardinals World Series images | Post-Dispatch Archives

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When compiling information for our sports history newsletter, we often use our Post-Dispatch electronic archives. But sometimes, we turn to the Post-Dispatch “morgue” for the old original prints.

Often, we come across wonderful images that have very little information on the back of the prints regarding the particular details (like who took the picture, where it was, what was going on, etc.) of the image. Sometimes part of a newspaper clip was glued on the back of the print, other times there was nothing. 

That was a disturbing revelation to former Post-Dispatch directory of photography Larry Coyne, as he was researching a book on the Cardinals several years ago.

“I had long known that photographers were rarely credited in the Post-Dispatch,” he said. “But seeing the evidence time after time in such volume was pretty disturbing. Many of the pictures were superb in content and composition; it seemed a real shame that we would never know who took them.”

Included here are just some of those photos celebrating the Cardinals first championship year in 1926 until the seventh one in 1964.

We might not know the photographers’ names. But we know their work.

Melissa M. Taylor

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