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Guide to the George Kalinsky Photographs
1955, 1965-2017
 PR 325

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kalinsky, George, 1936-
Title: George Kalinsky photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1955, 1965-2017
Abstract: Approximately 154 color and black-and-white photographs that comprised two exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society: "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky (2016-2017), and "New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky (2018), which focused on well-known sports figures and popular entertainers who appeared at Madison Square Garden, where Kalinsky has been official photographer since 1966.
Quantity: 15 Linear feet (approximately 154 photographic prints in 8 boxes)
Language: The collection is photographic. Any text is in English.
Call Phrase: PR 325

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Biographical Note

Sports and entertainment photographer George Kalinsky (b. 1936, Hempstead, N.Y.) landed the job of official photographer for Madison Square Garden in 1966, a year after bluffing his way into Muhammad Ali's workout session there. The two men became fast friends, and Kalinsky captured on film the seminal events of "the great one's" career until Ali's death in 2016.

Kalinsky's award-winning work (he was named PMDA International Photographer of the Year in 2001) has been shown throughout the world, and is found in the permanent collections of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Jewish Museum of New York, Cornell University, and the New-York Historical Society.

For more information visit the photographer's website: georgekalinsky.com.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 154 color and black-and-white photographic prints that formed the basis of two exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, both curated by Dr. Marilyn S. Kushner, Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. The first, "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky, ran concurrently with a related exhibition, "Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing," from December 11, 2016 through March 26, 2017. "I Am King of the World" presented through Kalinsky's images seminal career highlights of boxer Muhammad Ali (1942–2016), including

• Ali working out at the 5th Street Gym, Miami; speaking to sportscaster Howard Cosell (1965)
• training at Madison Square Garden; his bout vs. Zora Folley (1967)
• rivalry with basketball great Wilt Chamberlain; his bout vs. Joe Frazier, called the "Fight of the Century" (1971)
• training at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania for his bout vs. Floyd Patterson (1972)
• promoting his fight with Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium; signing autographs at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills (1976)
• his bout vs. Earnie Shavers (1977)
• sitting ringside at WrestleMania (1984)
• receiving  Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Century award (1999)

The second exhibition, New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky, ran from February 2 through September 30, 2018. Although largely given to shots of famous athletes, the exhibition also embraced images of singers, dancers, and other performers—virtually anyone notable who appeared at Madison Square Garden, where Kalinsky has been official photographer since 1966. Subjects include figures from the worlds of

Baseball: Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Gil Hodges, Ralph Kiner, Jerry Koosman, Willie Mays, Jesse Orosco, Mike Piazza, Mariano Rivera, Jackie Robinson, Tom Seaver, Casey Stengel

Basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Bradley, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Red Holzman, Michael Jordan, Spike Lee (as a fan), Earl Monroe, Shaquille O'Neal, Kristaps Porziņģis, Willis Reed, Marvin "Mendy" Rudolph, Bill Russell

Boxing: Muhammad Ali, Ringo Bonavena, John F. X. Condon, Zora Folley, Joe Frazier, Emile Griffith, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Norton, Floyd Patterson, Earnie Shavers

Comedy: Whoopi Goldberg, Otto Griebling, Bob Hope

Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Jamison

Figure skating: Peggy Fleming

Football: Jim Brown, Eli Manning, Joe Namath, O. J. Simpson

Hockey: Emile Francis, Wayne Gretzky, Henrik Lundqvist, Mark Messier

Music: Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Bono, David Bowie, Aaron Copland, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimi Hendrix, Lena Horne, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, John Lennon, Madonna, Luciano Pavarotti, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Andy Williams

Religion: Pope John Paul II

Television: Howard Cosell, Walter Cronkite, Ed Sullivan

Tennis: Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Juan Martín del Potro, Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, Venus Williams

Arrangement

The collection is organized in two series:

Series I. Images from "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky (1965-1999).

Series II. Images from "New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky" (1955, 1965-2017).

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ali, Muhammad, 1942-2016

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Color photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team)
  • Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)
  • New-York Historical Society -- Exhibitions
  • New York Islanders (Hockey team)
  • New York Knickerbockers (Basketball team)
  • New York Mets (Baseball team)
  • New York Rangers (Hockey team)

Subject Topics

  • Baseball players -- United States -- Photographs
  • Basketball players -- United States -- Photographs
  • Boxers (Sports) -- United States -- Photographs
  • Hockey players -- United States -- Photographs
  • Musicians -- United States -- Photographs.
  • Tennis players -- United States -- Photographs

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the George Kalinsky Photographs, PR 325, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from George Kalinsky, 2016-2018.

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Joseph Ditta in April 2017. Revised and expanded to include Series II, December 2018.

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Container List

Series I. Images from "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky, 1965-1999

Scope and Contents

The 46 prints in Series I formed the exhibition "I Am King of the World": Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky, which ran at the New-York Historical Society from December 11, 2016 through March 26, 2017.

Arrangement

The photographs in Series I are matted and filed in numerical order to match their position on the exhibition checklist, a copy of which is filed in Box 1. Corresponding numbers were written on the back of each mat by the archivist. All prints measure 20 x 24 inches.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Exhibition checklist | "I Am King of the World"
2017
Box: 1 [01] | Muhammad Ali working out at Madison Square Garden [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 1 [02] | Muhammad Ali working out at his training facility in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 1 [03] | Muhammad Ali working out at 5th St. Gym, Miami [black-and-white]
1965
Box: 1 [04] | Sportscaster Howard Cosell interviewing Ali in Miami [black-and-white]
1965
Box: 1 [05] | Muhammad Ali vs Zora Folley fight [color]
1967
Box: 1 [06] | Muhammad Ali after the Folley fight [color]
1967
Box: 1 [07] | Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali [black-and-white]
1971
Box: 1 [08] | Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali [color]
1971
Box: 1 [09] | Muhammad Ali training at Joe Frazier's gym [color]
1971
Box: 1 [10] | Outside Joe Frazier's gym [color]
1971
Box: 1 [11] | Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali at a press conference [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 1 [12] | Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier, 1971 [color]
1971
Box: 1 [13] | Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier [color]
1971
Box: 1 [14] | Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier [color]
1971
Box: 2 [15] | Muhammad Ali vs Floyd Patterson [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 2 [16] | Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Ali's training camp in Pennsylvania [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 2 [17] | Muhammad Ali promoting his fight with Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 2 [18] | Muhammad Ali training at the Concord Resort Hotel [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 2 [19] | Muhammad Ali training at the 5th St. Gym [Miami] [black-and-white]
1965
Box: 2 [20] | Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers [color]
1977
Box: 2 [21] | Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain [black-and-white]
early 1970s
Box: 2 [22] | Muhammad Ali with Floyd Patterson [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 2 [23] | Muhammad Ali at a newsstand in New York City [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 2 [24] | Muhammad Ali at his training facility in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania [black-and-white]
1974-1976
Box: 2 [25] | Muhammad Ali driving a busload of reporters [black-and-white]
early 1970s
Box: 2 [26] | Muhammad Ali resting at his training facility in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania [black-and-white]
1974-1976
Box: 2 [27] | Muhammad Ali sleeping after a workout [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 2 [28] | Muhammad Ali resting during a break in workouts [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 3 [29] | Muhammad Ali after a training run through Miami [black-and-white]
1970
Box: 3 [30] | Muhammad Ali working out at 5th St. Gym, Miami [black-and-white]
1965
Box: 3 [31] | Muhammad Ali during a workout break at Madison Square Garden [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 3 [32] | Muhammad Ali and reporters [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 3 [33] | Muhammad Ali and the press [color]
1976
Box: 3 [34] | Muhammad Ali in Miami [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 3 [35] | Muhammad Ali signing autographs at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 3 [36] | Muhammad Ali training at Madison Square Garden [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 3 [37] | Sports Illustrated athletes of the century [color]
1999
Box: 3 [38] | Muhammad Ali sits ringside at WrestleMania [color]
1984
Box: 3 [39] | Muhammad Ali receiving his award as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Century [color]
1999
Box: 3 [40] | Joe Frazier with Muhammad Ali [color]
1999
Box: 3 [41-42] | Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, training camp [near boulder painted with "Rocky Graziano"] [black-and-white] (2 copies)
1974-1976
Box: 3 [43] | Dizzy Gillespie and Muhammad Ali [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 3 [44] | Muhammad Ali vs Oscar Bonavena [color]
1970
Box: 3 [45] | Muhammad Ali with a coloring book of military officers [black-and-white]
1967

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Series II. Images from "New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky", 1955, 1965-2017

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the approximately 108 prints in Series II (i.e., all of the matted prints, numbered 1 through 72) formed the exhibition "New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky", which ran at the New-York Historical Society from February 2 through September 30, 2018.

Series II includes a number of unmatted photographs that were printed for potential use in the exhibition, but were ultimately not included in the final checklist. These prints, along with some duplicates of those that were used in the exhibition, are stored in Box 8.

Arrangement

The photographs in Series II that appeared in the exhibition are matted and filed in numerical order to match their position on the exhibition checklist, a copy of which is filed in Box 4. Corresponding numbers were written on the back of each mat by the archivist.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Exhibition checklist | New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky
2018

Subseries II.A. Sports: Basketball, 1967-2017

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 [01] | Willis Reed (14 x 18) [color]
1970
Box: 4 [02] | Willis Reed injured (14 x 18) [color]
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [02] | Willis Reed injured [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1970
Box: 4 [03] | Spike Lee at 40th Anniversary Celebration of 1973 New York Knicks Basketball Championship (14 x 18) [color]
2013
Box: 4 [04] | Michael Jordan (14 x 18) [color]
1985
Box: 4 [05] | Bill Bradley and Willis Reed (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 4 [06] | Earl Monroe (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1970
Box: 4 [07] | Kristaps Porziņģis (14 x 18) [color]
2017
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [07] | Kristaps Porziņģis [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
2017
Box: 4 [08] | Shaquille O'Neal (14 x 18) [color]
2003
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [08] | Shaquille O'Neal [duplicate; 2 copies] (14 x 24) [color]
2003
Box: 4 [09] | Wilt Chamberlain and Mendy Rudolph (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 4 [10] | Patrick Ewing (14 x 18) [color]
1994
Box: 4 [11] | Julius Erving (14 x 18) [color]
1985
Box: 4 [12] | Red Holzman (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 4 [13] | Bill Russell (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1968
Box: 8 Folder : 1 [14] | New York Knicks celebrate (20 x 24) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [14] | New York Knicks celebrate [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 7 [72] | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1969
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [72] | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1969

Subseries II.B. Sports: Baseball, 1955-2013

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 [15] | Jackie Robinson (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
circa 1972
Box: 4 [16] | Yogi Berra (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 4 [17] | Willie Mays (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 4 [18] | Tom Seaver, Ralph Kiner, and Jerry Koosman (14 x 18) [color]
1969
Box: 5 [19] | Mike Piazza (14 x 18) [color]
2000
Box: 5 [20] | Brooklyn Dodgers (14 x 18) [color]
1955
Box: 5 [21] | Jesse Orosco (14 x 18) [color]
1986
Box: 8 Folder : 5 [21] | Jesse Orosco [duplicate] (13 x 16.5) [color]
1986
Box: 5 [22] | New York Mets players (14 x 18) [color]
1986
Box: 5 [23] | Mariano Rivera (14 x 18) [color]
2013
Box: 5 [24] | Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, and Gil Hodges (14 x 18) [color]
1969
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [24] | Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, and Gil Hodges [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1969
Box: 5 [25] | New York Mets celebrate (14 x 18) [color]
1986

Subseries II.C. Sports: Hockey, 1972-1999

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 [26] | Wayne Gretzky (14 x 18) [color]
1999
Box: 5 [27] | Emile "The Cat" Francis (14 x 18) [color]
1972
Box: 5 [28] | Henrik Lundqvist (14 x 18) [color]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 5 [28] | Henrik Lundqvist [duplicate] (11.25 x 16.5) [color]
undated
Box: 5 [29] | New York Islanders win Stanley Cup (Clark Gillies) (14 x 18) [color]
1980
Box: 5 [30] | New York Rangers National Stanley Cup Champions (Mark Messier) (14 x 18) [color]
1994
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [30] | New York Rangers National Stanley Cup Champions (Mark Messier) [duplicate; 2 copies] (14 x 24) [color]
1994

Subseries II.D. Sports: Tennis, 1967-2017

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 [31] | Juan Martin Del Potro (14 x 18) [color]
2009
Box: 5 [32] | Serena Williams (14 x 18) [color] [color]
2014
Box: 8 Folder : 5 [32] | Serena Williams [duplicate] (13.5 x 16.5) [color]
2014
Box: 5 [33] | Serena Williams (tears) (14 x 18) [color]
2014
Box: 5 [34] | John McEnroe (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1983
Box: 5 [35] | Roger Federer (14 x 18) [color]
2006
Box: 6 [36] | Billie Jean King (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1967
Box: 6 [37] | Venus Williams (14 x 18) [color]
1998
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [37] | Venus Williams [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1998
Box: 6 [38] | Sloane Stephens (14 x 18) [color]
2017

Subseries II.E. Sports: Football, 1969-2013

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 [39] | Joe Namath (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1969
Box: 6 [40] | O.J. Simpson (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1973
Box: 6 [41] | Eli Manning (14 x 18) [color]
circa 2013
Box: 6 [42] | Jim Brown (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
undated

Subseries II.F. Sports: Boxing, 1965-1971

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 [43] | Emile Griffith (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1968
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [43] | Emile Griffith [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1968
Box: 6 [44] | Muhammad Ali (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1965
Box: 6 [45] | Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1971
Box: 6 [46] | Frank Sinatra (with camera) (14 x 18) [color]
1971
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [46] | Frank Sinatra (with camera) [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1971

Subseries II.G. Performance: Music, 1968-2013

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 [47] | Luciano Pavarotti (14 x 18) [color]
1984
Box: 6 [48] | Elvis Presley (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 6 [49] | Bob Dylan (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [49] | Bob Dylan [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 6 [50] | Judy Garland (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1968
Box: 6 [51] | Rolling Stones (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1969
Box: 6 [52] | Tony Bennett and Lena Horne (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 7 [53] | Madonna (14 x 18) [color]
1994
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [53] | Madonna [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1994
Box: 7 [54] | Michael Jackson (14 x 18) [color]
1988
Box: 7 [55] | Elton John and Billy Joel (14 x 18) [color]
undated
Box: 7 [56] | Jimi Hendrix (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [56] | Jimi Hendrix [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1970
Box: 7 [57] | John Lennon and Elton John (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1974
Box: 7 [58] | Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
2009
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [58] | Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
2009
Box: 8 Folder : 2 [59] | Frank Sinatra (20 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 7 [60] | Janis Joplin (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1969
Box: 7 [61] | John Lennon (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [61] | [duplicate] John Lennon (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1972
Box: 7 [62] | David Bowie (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 7 [63] | Alicia Keys (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
2013
Box: 7 [64] | Diana Ross (14 x 18) [color]
1984

Subseries II.H. Performance: Dance, 1968-1976

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 [65] | Mikhail Baryshnikov (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [65] | Mikhail Baryshnikov [duplicate] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
1976
Box: 7 [66] | Peggy Fleming (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1968
Box: 7 [67] | Judith Jamison (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1973

Subseries II.I. Performance: [general], 1972-2013

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 7 [70] | Whoopi Goldberg (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
circa 2013
Box: 7 [71] | Otto Griebling (14 x 18) [black-and-white]
1972

Subseries II.J. Other, 1979-1992

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 3 [68] | Pope John Paul II (20 x 24) [color]
1979
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [68] | Pope John Paul II [duplicate] (14 x 24) [color]
1979
Box: 8 Folder : 4 [69] | Walter Cronkite (20 x 24) [color]
1992
Box: 8 Folder : 5 [69] | Walter Cronkite [duplicate] (11.25 x 16.5) [color]
1992

Subseries II.K. Images not used in exhibition, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Bono (14 x 24)
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 John Condon (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Aretha Franklin (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Walt Frazier (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Sugar Ray Leonard and [?] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Madison Square Garden marquee (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 [Willis Reed?] (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Bruce Springsteen (14 x 24) [color]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Ed Sullivan and Andy Williams (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Unidentified (2) (14 x 24) [black-and-white]
undated

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