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[1950's Ohio Stock Car Racing Photo Album]

250.00
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[1950's Ohio Stock Car Racing Photo Album]

250.00

An excellent album of automotive-themed vernacular photography, likely compiled by a Paul Clark of Mansfield, Ohio in the 1950's. The album opens with about 12 views of various motorcycles and passenger cars owned by Paul and his family, though the majority of the album mounted and loose prints document his career as a middling stock car racing driver at various small town tracks in Ohio, including Ashland, Attica, and Tiffin. 

The racecar shown here is most often a number 24, likely a series of 1930's modified American production coupes converted into jalopy-type racecars and sponsored by Park Avenue Sunoco of Mansfield. A somewhat later clipping from an unidentified racing magazine identifies Paul by last name, suggesting he moved up into the sprint car circuit and archived NASCAR records show him impressively having run four races in the 1963 NASCAR Grand National series, the top stock car circuit of the era, including at Daytona and Atlanta. 

[Vernacular Photography] : [Auto Racing]. PAUL'S CARS: Stock Cars & Otherwise... [Cover Title - Original Photo Album]. [Mansfield, Ohio]: [ca. 1955-1957]. 4to. Metal plastic comb binding. Textured yellow card leaves, self-wrappers. Autograph title to front in red wax pencil. 37 black and white photographs (the majority approximately 3 1/2" square snapshots) loosely fit into corner mounts to rectos and versos of 8 leaves. An additional 12 snapshot prints laid in loose along with a stray magazine clipping. 49 photographs total. Some mild handling wear to exterior, a few prints appear perished. Overall about very good.

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An excellent album of automotive-themed vernacular photography, likely compiled by a Paul Clark of Mansfield, Ohio in the 1950's. The album opens with about 12 views of various motorcycles and passenger cars owned by Paul and his family, though the majority of the album mounted and loose prints document his career as a middling stock car racing driver at various small town tracks in Ohio, including Ashland, Attica, and Tiffin. 

The racecar shown here is most often a number 24, likely a series of 1930's modified American production coupes converted into jalopy-type racecars and sponsored by Park Avenue Sunoco of Mansfield. A somewhat later clipping from an unidentified racing magazine identifies Paul by last name, suggesting he moved up into the sprint car circuit and archived NASCAR records show him impressively having run four races in the 1963 NASCAR Grand National series, the top stock car circuit of the era, including at Daytona and Atlanta. 

[Vernacular Photography] : [Auto Racing]. PAUL'S CARS: Stock Cars & Otherwise... [Cover Title - Original Photo Album]. [Mansfield, Ohio]: [ca. 1955-1957]. 4to. Metal plastic comb binding. Textured yellow card leaves, self-wrappers. Autograph title to front in red wax pencil. 37 black and white photographs (the majority approximately 3 1/2" square snapshots) loosely fit into corner mounts to rectos and versos of 8 leaves. An additional 12 snapshot prints laid in loose along with a stray magazine clipping. 49 photographs total. Some mild handling wear to exterior, a few prints appear perished. Overall about very good.