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     I have long collected antique racing photographs as you might surmise from the illustrations found in this website. I have been fascinated with antique photographs for years and find them to be the only true time machine transporting us to an age no longer known, nor seen. Almost all of my collected images are one of a kind photographs that have been taken and discarded for whatever reasons. I managed to collect them and appreciate their nuances of a past way of life that was horse racing and in some cases horse showing. I tend to favor images that are not your classic and far more common actual race track racing scene. Those are a dime a dozen! Mine tend to be candid sights that show the backside life of horse racing and the people involved. Some of you may like to have these images framed and on display. I would like to offer poster size reprints of my old time images.

     They are reproduced on 18" x 24" heavy paper stock (similar in size to a paperback book cover) by a digital printing roll press method. This method is better quality than traditional offset. The light fast properties are great! Placing a traditional offset printed color poster and this Xeikon printed color poster in direct sunlight for 12 months—the offset sheet faded almost completely white while my Xeikon printed piece has retained all of it's color. For the money, I doubt you could do much better than my quality of reproductions. The best way to mount these posters is by using a pressure sensitive adhesive such as 3M's Spray Mount or Super 77. You can also use sheet adhesive or double sided tape. Do not attempt a dry mount.

     Many of my images on this site can be reproduced and you may write me for availability. Below are some examples of images for sale. Price $15.00 plus shipping. Write me at dahart@centurytel.net for availability.



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(# 001)   This is a rare image from my antique real photo postcard collection showing a trainer with his two thoroughbreds at a typical fair track.  This photograph was printed on AZO paper stock which was availabe from 1904-1918.  It is sepia toned. Image size is 17x23 with an inch border.    Price: $15.00



(#002) A common backside scene from the early 1900s, but very rarely depicted in photographs of that era or subject matter.. This is probably very typical of fair racing in that era. This particular photo was taken in Southern Illinois (NewBurnside, Harrisburg, Marion areas)Price: $15.00



(#003) This is a reprint of a strange photograph from my collection of antique real photo postcards of a young woman astride a racehorse in full street dress. Why? It was the custom to ride sidesaddle back in that day! She is astride in a full skirt. Maybe she was a tomboy daughter of a trainer or of that horse's owner? Is she just posing for a spur of the moment portrait on her Daddy's horse or is she astride to mean business in some type of special race? She certainly looks serious, seems to know what she is doing and has a good hold on the old boy. Who knows? The real story is lost to history. Her horse is wearing a crescendo bit. A cresendo bit was often used on pullers and not often seen in these modern times. This photo came in a group of cards originating from the Wilmette/Chicago area. This photograph was printed on Kregal brand postcard stock and may be the work of Kregal Photo Parlors of St. Paul/Minneapolis,  circa around 1910-1918.Price:  $15.00



(#004) This is a unique scene at the old Pinehurst, North Carolina half mile race track (where the trotters train now) showing a completion of a race and the unsaddling with horses going back to the barns. Circa probably in the 1910s. This particular photograph was rescued by me from the trash when I was living in Pinehurst and my next door neighbor died without kin. Price: $15.00


(#005) We have an interesting photograph of the Odom racehorse string probably in the 1910s and probably in front of the old Belmont grandstand. I love this image!  Price:  $15.00



(#006) Here we have a horse show photo. Three nice typy American Saddlebred yearlings and a lovely young woman. This was probably taken arouund Moberly, Missouri in the 40's or there abouts. Price:  $15.00


(#007) This is another Pinehurst, N.C. photo I rescued from the trash man. It shows a horse in the winners circle of what is now the Pinehurst trotting half mile track accepting a trophy. Circa: 1920s. Price: $15.00


(#008)  Yet another photo rescued from a Pinehurst, N.C. trash barrel, but even though this one is not horsey in nature, I think you will find it charming. The woman in the center was the elderly woman that had died and she came from a horsey family. This photograph epitomizes the stylishness and the long needle pines of long ago Pinehurst. I would guess the previous photo was her father. Price:  $15.00


(#009)   This is a racing scene set in a southern Fair. It is nicely composed and has much to say about racing from those times. Price:  $15.00.


(#010) A unique old harness racing scene showing two horses going a training mile in a set on an old Fair racetrack. A rather rare image depicting sparseness and simplicity of that era and behind the scenes prep work. One seldom see morning works in photographs from this time.. Price:  $15.00


(#011) Another rare harness racing scene from the backside showing the grooms hot walking their horses on a hot summer day under a shade tree. Notice an early bicycle conversion sulky and the water cooler in the far background. Price:  $15.00


(#012) This is an interesting character study of a jock (Bobby Dole) back in the 1920s.  Price $15.00


(#013 ) This is a antique postcard of a French jeune femme dressed up or more accurately down in Jock silks with France's equivalent of the Daily Racing Form near by. Circa: 1920s.   Price:  $15.00


( #014)   This is a one-of-a-kind photograph from my collection of the Hall of Fame trainer, Ben Jones. It was purchased by me at his estate auction. It shows his early family farm house and race track located in Parnell, Missouri. This is where the legend begun way before his glory days of Calumet.  Price:  $15.00.


(#015)   This is yet another unique photo from my Ben Jones (Hall of fame, Calumet trainer) collection which I purchased at one of Jimmy Jones' estate auctions in Missouri. This is a personal photo of one of his racehorses from the early era of his racing career way before Calumet when his operation was based at home in Parnell, Missouri. I am sure this photo was taken on the family farm in Parnell. Price:  $15.00.



(#016) Here is an interesting photo probably around the 1910s showing a little girl getting a ride on a racehorse in the shedrow, probably at the Huntingdon, Pa County Fair Grounds as this is where the cabinet photo's photographer was based and stamped his work. This photo also matches the current Huntingdon County Fair Ground's buildings map as the stable area is to the left of the grandstand & track as pictured in this photo. The shedrow buildings amazingly match the present stables location as seen today at these grounds. You can see grooms hot walking horses in a circle in the background and the big grandstand on the horizon.  I would guess that she is on a thoroughbred even though he kind of looks like a harness horse. Reason? Not a single sulky is pictured in this photo that I can make out. Plus this is an era in which sulkies would be of the smaller bicycle wheel types. Almost all harness horse stables of that era and even today have racing sulkies strung around the shedrow as a norm.  Not one can be seen in this photo. Also, the horse does not have a driving bridle on. Back then, many Fairs had mixed meets of both runners and harness horses. My call is this is a running horse shedrow and horse. This is a rare image depicting the backside life of racing from a long gone era.    Price:  $15.00



(#017)  This is a fantasy french post card probably from the 1920s or earlier. Price:  $15.00



(#018)   This is a limited edition print celebrating past fair horse racing in the small town of Hamilton, Missouri and its grandstand. Text reads:  " A rare cabinet photograph (mid-1890s) of a racehorse taken within the town view of Hamilton, Missouri—probably in the vicinity of the old library building,  just south of what was the train station.  T. H. Hare was the first photographer to open up a studio in Hamilton around 1870 and this was an example of his work. "Mr. Hare was one of the town's peculiar characters. He was a photographer here since 1868 and finally had his gallery on south Main. He was quite a deep reader and was said to be an agnostic; at any rate he could argue for Ingersoll". The upper left photo is from a 1909 card advertising the Hamilton Chautauqua, nine day event, showing fair attendees walking along the turn of the race track. The lower left photo is that of the grandstand as it stood into the 1980s, labeled Legion Race Meet Memorial Park (circa 1940s). The upper right photo shows the grandstand and racetrack during the 1920s, labeled North Missouri Fair . The lower right photo is that of the Penny High School's stadium which took the place of the original grandstand after it was destroyed by a mysterious fire in the 1980s.  Only racing ghosts are left now along with an original small round race office building in the back.  On a quiet summer night, it is said hoof beats can still be heard, if one listens closely. Perhaps they can?"

 Price:  $15.00


(#019)  This is a limited edition print designed to describe what a true horseman should be by modifying Rudyard Kipling's Poem, IF. It is decorated with old photos.  Price: $15.00


The poem reads:


If you can keep your head when all around you

Owners, grooms, punters lose theirs, blaming you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be bullied by expectation,

Or being lied about, yet never dealing in lies,

Or being intimidated without surrendering to intimidation,

And yet never look too good, nor talk too wise;


If you can dream and not make dreams your master;

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can race with Triumph or Disaster,

And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear hearing the truth you have spoken,

Twisted by your detractors to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you have built your life on, broken,

Yet stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tack & tools;

If you can make one heap of all of your winnings,

And risk it on one promising colt prepped to come across,

Yet lose and start again at yours and his beginnings,

And never breathe a word to a soul of that loss,

If you can guide your horses' hearts and nerves and sinew,

To serve their well-being long after being race called-upon,

Conditioning them to persist when nothing is left to run through,

Other than the Will which says to them and you: "Hold On!"

If you can talk with the press and keep your virtue,

Or walk with the wealthy without losing the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men and horses count with you, but none too much,

If you can train the unforgiving mile & a quarter race,

With 120 seconds worth of honest run,

Yours is the racetrack with everything in its place,

And more over, you will be a horseman, my son!





(#20) Two standardbred pacers racing to sleigh on a cold winter street in 1910s USA. A magical photo taken in a long ago era. Life goes on in a snowed in city with two pacers exercising, a mother and infant to the right in a sleigh baby buggy and a delivery wagon to the side.  Price...............$15.00





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