Images Used to Illustrate Darrow's Autobiography [Darrow, Clarence (1857-1938)]. [Darrow, Ruby (1870-1957)]. [Seven Images Featured in The Story of My Life]. Four black-and-white photographs, two black-and-white photostats and one full-color cigar box label, sizes range from 4" x 2-1/2" to 6-1/2" x 10". Photographs and photostats each captioned on verso in Ruby Darrow's hand. Light toning and soiling to print of Clarence Darrow as a child, faint fingerprints to retouched print of Darrow's mother, horizontal fold line, small creases and tear to top-edge of cigar box label, which is reinforced on verso. A unique group of items. $3,500. * These images were used by the publishers to illustrate various editions of Darrow's 1929 autobiography The Story of My Life. Most depict Darrow's youth and family and are reproductions, presumably created in the publication process. Ruby Darrow's caption to a small print of Darrow at four years old indicates that the card was given to her by Mary Darrow, one of Clarence's sisters. The photostats are of that print at different stages in the resizing process. The other prints feature Clarence's mother Emily ("Eddy") Darrow; a group portrait of Clarence, his father, and his son Paul; and Clarence "19 to 20 years old as a law student at Ann Arbor." They are housed in a cardboard envelope from Silvey, Daniels & Co., a Chicago photo studio near the Darrows' home. The envelope may reflect the firm's involvement in the publication process or simply have been used for storage. The striking cigar box label was commissioned in honor of Darrow's victory in the Anthracite Strike of 1902. It depicts Darrow seated, flanked by the scales of justice and the symbol of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and refers to him as "The Defender of Labor's Cause." It was reproduced for the signed limited run of The Story of My Life but does not appear in subsequent editions.
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