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Lot # 246: Knute Rockne Negative Collection from Brown Brothers (8)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Spring Pop-Up",
which ran from 5/5/2024 7:00 PM to
5/20/2024 12:05 AM



Presented is an intriguing Knute Rockne photo negative collection, whose eight (8) different negatives generally show the famed Notre Dame football coach addressing his team or in relaxed social settings. Rockne, born Knut Larsen Rokne in Norway, emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. He played football on neighborhood teams and in high school, but he had to work in the local post office for four years to save enough money to attend Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, he majored in chemistry and became an All-American end. While at Notre Dame he worked in the summer with quarterback Gus Dorais to perfect a passing attack at a time when the forward pass was used infrequently by most schools. Thus, Rockne's team became the first major college football team to make the forward pass a regular part of the offense. Notre Dame used its new passing attack to defeat heavily favored Army at West Point on Nov. 1, 1931. That game inspired a growing national use of the forward pass. Rockne coached the famous George Gipp at Notre Dame, and long after Gipp's death, Rockne inspired his Fighting Irish to "win just one for the Gipper." Rockne also developed the famous Four Horsemen backfield and won three national championships. The famed coach died in a plane crash in 1931. The College Football Hall of Famer is still the consensus choice as the most famous college football coach in history. Four of the negatives measure 3.75x4.8". Three of them show Rockne with his Notre Dame team, seemingly at practice. The fourth negative shows Rockne with two other men, as Joseph Bryant is to Rockne's right and John Bolfe is to Rockne's left. The other four negatives, measuring 4.9x6.9" each, (basically5x7") consist of closer views of Rockne than are depicted in the first four negatives, a shot of Rockne at what appears to be a social function, and another shot of Rockne at practice with his Notre Dame team. The negatives are in a 5.5x7.5" brown envelope. Written on the envelope, in pencil by an unknown hand, is "Left to Right/Joseph Bryne, Knute Rockne, John Bolfe." The negatives all come from the famed Brown Brothers Photographers. The negatives are in excellent condition.

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