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

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    Posted 6 years ago

    rniederman
    (307 items)

    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, 6 years ago
      Beautiful!!!! cool:)
    2. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Sean! ... you're fast today.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your very welcome Rob:) LOL!!!!
    4. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 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!
      Cool!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, vetraio50!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 6 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, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, musikchoo!
    9. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 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, 6 years ago
      Thanks, musikchoo!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Ben!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, ho2cultcha!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, pw-collector!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, petey!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, tom61375!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Perry!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Vintage-van-Gogh!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Long overdue thanks to Jewels!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      HAPPY NEW YEAR RNIEDERMAN !!!!!!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks!
      brunswick
      ho2cultcha
      vetraio50
    22. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
      like a baseball memento mori! thinking back on his youth, maybe?
    23. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks, SpiritBear!

      ho2cultcha ... interesting thought.
    24. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks, Caperkid!
    25. rniederman rniederman, 3 years 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, 3 years ago
      LOL!!!! SO LAUGHING NOW!!
    27. scottvez scottvez, 3 years 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!

      scott
    28. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      I don't know about Milwaukee ..... maybe not so much LOL!!!
    29. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Jays win the W.S. anyway still love the post.
    30. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      The result of one who brags about "hitting a home run" with someone's daughter ?
      Just a thought!!!
    31. rniederman rniederman, 3 years 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, 3 years ago
      Thanks, wickencrafts!

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