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ORIGINAL PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH OF THE 11TH WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION - PHILADELPHIA, 1953
Philadelphia: S.i., 1953. Original silver gelatin photograph by "Zinni" measuring ca.19" x 8", tastefully matted and framed to an overall size of ca.22.5" x 12.15". Fine condition (not examined out of frame). Known as Philcon II, the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention was held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in September, 1953. A momentous occasion in the history of science fiction literature, as it was the first convention to present the Hugo Award. Although no award was presented in 1954, the Hugo has been awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Convention since 1955. The photograph pictures a banquet hall filled with hundreds of men and women from the golden age of the business. Among the many attendees were: Forrest J. Ackerman, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov (toastmaster), Alfred Bester, Hannes Bok, Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury, John W. Campbell Jr., L. Sprague de Camp, Lester del Rey, August Derleth, Ed Emshwiller, Philip José Farmer, Virgil Finlay, Fritz Leiber, Willy Ley (guest of honor), A.E. Van Vogt, and Jack Williamson. The first Hugo winners were Alfred Bester (novel), Ed Emshwiller and Hannes Bok (cover artists, tied), Virgil Finlay (interior illustrator), Philip José Farmer (new science fiction author), Forrest J. Ackerman (#1 fan personality), and Willy Ley (excellence in fact articles). An exceptional item, capturing perhaps the most significant moment in the history of science fiction literature. Provenance: from the collection of
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