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

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Baseball Memorabilia122 of 702Ceramic Baseball Player Mug / Pen , Pencil HolderROBERTO CLEMENTE  PHOTO 1970's
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Posted 1 year ago

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rniederman
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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.

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  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Beautiful!!!! cool:)
  2. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Sean! ... you're fast today.
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    your very welcome Rob:) LOL!!!!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year 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!
    Cool!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, musikchoo!
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thanks, musikchoo!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Ben!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, ho2cultcha!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, pw-collector!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
    Thanks, petey!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, tom61375!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, Perry!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks, Vintage-van-Gogh!

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