A vintage gelatin silver photograph (approximately 305 x 155 mm) of Don Bradman executing a straight drive; it is a large-format full-length posed shot with the SACA crest on the cap clearly visible. It has a contemporary signed inscription in ink diagonally across it: 'To Jack, in appreciation and with very best wishes. Yours truly, Don Bradman'. The photograph was presented to Jack Farquhar (1887-1977), who played 16 first-class matches for Queensland from 1913-27, but achieved more lasting recognition as long-time curator at the 'Gabba, the Brisbane Cricket Ground. The inscription almost certainly dates from the match between Queensland and South Australia in Brisbane, 10-14 January 1936 (SSM 289), won by SA by ten wickets. Webster's comment on the match may go some way towards explaining the warmth of the inscription: 'Queensland were inserted on a damp pitch after rain had penetrated the tarpaulin covers and delayed the start until 2.00 pm' (just kidding!). The photograph has been laid down across a pair of conjugate leaves removed from an autograph album; it has a crease across the centre, with a short split extending in from the right-hand edge; there are several pinholes along the crease where the leaves had been lightly stitched into the album; overall it is in excellent condition AND RARE
On the verso of the leaves on which the photograph is mounted are the ink signatures of the Queensland team for the match referred to above (on one page) and the Victorian team for the match against Queensland in Brisbane, 1-5 February 1936 (SSM 292). The signatures for Queensland are Christy (Captain), Allen, Andrews, Fisher (12th man), Gilbert, Gunthorpe, Hansen, Honour, Muhl, Rogers, Thomsett and Wyeth; that of Eddie Gilbert, 'the best-known Aboriginal cricketer to play first-class cricket' is rare. The signatures for Victoria are Ebeling (Captain), Gregory, Hassett, Lee, Newstead, Plant, Quin, Rigg, Scaife, Scott, S. Smith (12th man) and Welch - the four Test players in this side include Ross Gregory, who played in just two Tests before he died on active service in 1942. Professionally mounted using archival materials, with both the photograph and autographs displayed to full advantage - a superb exhibition piece.