Posted 4 months ago
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.