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William (Bill) Poole Postcard

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Posted 06/28/2017   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Mdmtx to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all,

I am new here and usually collect sport and non sport cards. However, I am seeking a postcard or cabinet photo of William Poole. Mr. Poole was a professional boxer and a butcher, but better known as a thug. He is the inspiration of the character Bill Cutting in the movie "Gangs of New York" played by Daniel Day Lewis. I purchased a reproduction of a card of him on ebay and would like to have the genuine article. As a newbie to postcards and cabinet photos, I have no idea how much of an uphill battle, or what the cost, will be. Any and all insight is greatly appreciated.

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Posted 06/28/2017   6:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Picture postcards didn't get produced in the US until the 1870s-1880s and then in fairly limited designs; the flood came with the collecting peak in the early 1900s. So realize that one from Poole's time or just after his death is likely impossible. A later card could be possible, even a real photo type, but it might turn out to be the same image as on your repro. Don't limit yourself to just looking at US postcards.

For a start I suggest you set a permanent search for William Poole on eBay, if you haven't already done so. There are also aggregator sites for traditional-type general auctions to search.

Based on notoriety, I would guess a cabinet card of him would sell for $100 or more. The price will depend on your competition in the overall marketplace.

For such a specific subject, I think it will require patience to turn up what you want. In the meantime though, you might end up finding and buying other Poole memorabilia. Good luck!

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