Unique Asset Services, The Noel K. Rubaloff Collection of Fine Photographs, 16 and 17 October 1984, Lot 294
Sarah Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2009), frontispiece 4, pp. 232, 466, and Contact #18/19
Walker Evans, 'Robert Frank,' U. S. Camera Annual 1958, pp. 106-107
Sarah Greenough and Philip Brookman, et al., Robert Frank: Moving Out (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 1994), p. 196
Tod Papageorge, Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence (Yale University Art Gallery, 1981), p. 41
Robert Frank (Aperture, 1976), p. 95
Concerning Photography: Some Thoughts About Reading Photographs (London: The Photographers' Gallery, 1977), p. 30
Peter Galassi, Walker Evans & Company (The Museum of Modern Art, 2000), pl. 137
Emma Dexter and Thomas Weski, eds., Cruel and Tender: The Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph (London: Tate Modern, 2003), p. 109
The LB numbering system was a proprietary system used by Time Inc. employees to track incoming photographs submitted by non-staff photographers for use in Time Inc. publications. ‘LB’ stood for LIFE Books. The Frank Trolley was reproduced on page 167 of the LIFE Library of Photography Documentary Photography volume, which corresponds to the annotation ‘p. 167’ on the present print’s reverse. After its loan to Time Inc., the print would have been returned to Robert Frank.
Based on this information, we believe that this print was made prior to 1972 and not in 1975, when Frank likely signed and dated the print as it left his studio for sale.
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