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1910 Oddly Satiric Baseball Theme Postcard Entitled “A Home Run”

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Posted 3 years ago


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Okay ... try not to be shocked with this posting ... it is a satirical 1910 postcard and I find it somewhat amusing. And yes, it is far afield of my camera collecting ... then again, I'm a baseball fan.

Over this past weekend, I took my son who collects early baseball cards to the National Sports Card Convention in Chicago. (For those in the know ... think Old Judge, T205, T206, Goudey, Bowman, etc.) This is a huge show attended by most of the major dealers, auction houses, and card companies; plus there are lots of autograph signings. Having grown up in Chicago as a die-hard Cubs fan and ‘bleacher bum’ back in the day, I stood in line with my son to catch a glimpse of Ernie Banks (Mr. Cub) signing autographs.

While strolling around the show looking for early photography related to my camera collecting, I ran across this bizarre 1910 unused postcard ... yes, it is actually a postcard that was created by Roth & Langley (NY). It’s in beautiful condition with fine glossy artwork. A Google search of Roth & Langley shows the company specializing in humorous and satiric postcards.

I’m unsure what to make of this particular image because it is amazingly different than R&L’s other images – even in comparison with their other somewhat ‘racy’ postcards showing players and women with kitschy comments. After my initial surprise, the postcard grew on me as some form of commentary that I'm researching.


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Beautiful!!!! cool:)
  2. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Sean! ... you're fast today.
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    your very welcome Rob:) LOL!!!!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    Is it a reference to death, strange how things change over time. You wouldn't associate a home run with death today, unless you took to many steroids!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, walksoftly! Yet it makes me wonder if there was another meaning to a skull back in the very early 1900s. I don't know if you recall, but I posted a photographer's trade card (dating about the same as this) that also had a skull.
  7. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, musikchoo!
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    They were certainly obsessed with death in that era, lot's of images & activities like séance's. But how that connects with baseball is anyone's guess, I even did a search for colloquial sayings regarding death but didn't find anything that had to do with baseball.
    I think we need someone versed in the culture of that era.
  10. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, musikchoo!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Ben!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, ho2cultcha!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, pw-collector!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, petey!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, tom61375!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Perry!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Vintage-van-Gogh!
  19. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Long overdue thanks to Jewels!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 months ago
  21. rniederman rniederman, 7 months ago
  22. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 months ago
    like a baseball memento mori! thinking back on his youth, maybe?
  23. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks, SpiritBear!

    ho2cultcha ... interesting thought.
  24. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks, Caperkid!
  25. rniederman rniederman, 9 days ago
    Hmmm ... this postcard pretty much sums up the MN Twins' 2016 season. We tanked! Maybe we'll do better next year with a better pitching staff!
  26. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 days ago
  27. scottvez scottvez, 9 days ago
    GREAT pc-- the Braves are having the same issues as the Twins but are poised for a dramatic turn around in the next couple of years!

  28. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 days ago
    I don't know about Milwaukee ..... maybe not so much LOL!!!
  29. Caperkid Caperkid, 8 days ago
    Jays win the W.S. anyway still love the post.
  30. pw-collector pw-collector, 8 days ago
    The result of one who brags about "hitting a home run" with someone's daughter ?
    Just a thought!!!
  31. rniederman rniederman, 7 days ago
    Thanks, Sean, Scott, Caperkid, and pw-collector.

    Scott ... Yep. Braves and Twins vying for the worst record in the MLB!

    Caperkid ... Toronto is strong and looks good. Could be a decent battle with the Rangers at the end of the season.

    Sean ... maybe next year!

    pw-collector ... good thought.
  32. rniederman rniederman, 2 days ago
    Thanks, wickencrafts!
  33. wickencrafts wickencrafts, 2 days ago

    thankz r

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