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1920s-1980s Maureen Orcutt Estate Personal Collection of Photos, Publications & Ephemera

Lot Number 1683

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Check any short list of the greatest females golfers of the 1920s-1930s and you will find Maureen Orcutt. Playing at a time when there were no ladies professional golf tournaments or associations, Orcutt rose to the top of the game by placing among the leaders in numerous important events. Among her biggest wins were seven Women’s Eastern Amateur victories over the period 1925-1949, the Canadian Women's Amateur twice, the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst Resort three times in a row from 1931-1933 and three Curtis Cup team championships. She continued playing into her eighties, winning two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships, including the inaugural event in 1962 and finished her career with sixty-five tournament wins. She was also noted as a sportswriter, becoming the second ever female sports reporter for the New York Times.


Direct from Orcutt’s estate comes this vast personal collection of photos, publications and ephemera. Included are hundreds of vintage photos dating from the 1920s-1980s, the bulk of which are 8x10s from the 1920s-1930s. Many of these photos have identifying notations written on the reverse by Orcutt and also a few by family members. Most are professional shots with a fair number taken by press photographers for publication purposes, including a small number with editorial cropping marks on the obverse. Also present are dozens of 1920s-1980s publications and dozens of event programs, along with assorted materials related to golf events. All of these items remain in appealing condition with more than 80% in above average to excellent condition with light to moderate wear and though the balance are lesser with considerable wear, they are still worth holding on to given their origin and considerable age.


Highlights are:


Photos: 8x10 of Ty Cobb getting pretty friendly with top golfer Helen Hicks; 8x10 Orcutt with then vice president Richard Nixon at a 1959 golf writer’s dinner; 8x10 of Nixon’s wife Tricia and others at the same dinner; 8x10 of Bob Hope with others at 1969 golf writer’s dinner; 5x7 of “The Big Four” top women golfers of the 1920s with Maureen Orcutt, Glenna Collett (Vare), Virginia Van Wie and Helen Nicks; 5x7 1977 reunion photo of former “North-South Champions at Pinehurst” with Orcutt, Carol Semple and others; 6x8 1930 ladies team photo at Sunnydale, England; 7x9 “Met Championship” in 1934 with Orcutt putting; 7x9 dated 1932 of Orcutt with former Lt. General and RCA president James Harbord; 7x9 c.1962 Griscom Cup Team; 8x10 c.1930 “Possum Hunt” in South Carolina with Glenna (Collett) Vare; 8x10 dated 1926 with Orcuut, Collett and others posed arm in arm on a golf course at Fairfield, CT; 4x6 George Voigt, Eddie Held and one other man; and numerous others of Orcutt in competition


Publications: (6) 1921-1934 The American Golfer magazine including editions with Orcutt pictured inside; (8) 1927-1932 Golf Illustrated; Orcutt’s personal copy of 1946 Record Book of USGA Championships” signed on the front cover; Golfers Magazine October, 1932 edition with article and photos of Orcutt titled “The Canadian Ladies’ Championship; and other ancient magazines such as Irish Golf, Golf Illustrated, Fairway and Hazard and The Metropolitan Golfer


Also present is an Orcutt family genealogy hardcover book with Coat of Arms certificate


Pictures  (Click on Photo to Enlarge)