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A significant handwritten postcard made out by famed automobile racing pioneer Barney Oldfield to his friend and business partner Jack Kipper on his very own postcard picturing both Oldfield and Kipper and the colorful interior of the saloon that they owned together in Los Angeles. The back of the postcard is printed with the name of their establishment over which the card is postmarked from Beverly Hills, June 19, 1930. Oldfield writes to Kipper in Los Angeles, “Dear Old Pal, I arrived home June 3 and have only been to L.A. once, give me a ring and come out and put your feet under the table and we can chat, you know me, B.” Oldfield and Kipper (a former railroad conductor) originally opened their saloon in 1912 where it soon became a celebrated hang out of many famous athletes at the time. Racing bicycles prior, Oldfield drove and won his first automobile race in 1902. “Mile a Minute” Oldfield was the first automobile racer to achieve that feat while racing in the 1916 Indianapolis 500 and became the first person to run a 100-mile-per-hour lap. Long was considered the Babe Ruth of automobile racing, his record setting racing feats were no less dramatic than his off-track escapades including appearing in early Hollywood films and barnstorming the country racing a car against a bi-plane. From the hand of one of the greatest automobile racers of all time, this postcard is in good condition with a light stain on verso and is accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
1930 BARNEY OLDFIELD HANDWRITTEN POSTCARD (BABE RUTH OF AUTOMOBILE RACING)
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Auction closed on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
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