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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 45, November 7, 2010, Article 16

W.S. HILL BASEBALL ADVERTISING NOTE

The recent World Series inspired a blog post from the American Antiquarian Society. Their November 2nd Past Is Present blog discussed some numismatic-related baseball ephemera. -Editor

W.S. Hill baseball note front W.S. Hill baseball note back

Advertisers have long used the image of popular baseball players and baseball teams to hock their wares. If you think it’s a 20th (or 21st) century phenomenon, think again. In the American Antiquarian Society’s collections there are many examples from the 19th century of advertisers associating themselves with baseball.

One nice example is a bank note advertisement from 1889. W.S. Hill, Watchmaker and Jeweler from West Chester, Pennsylvania issued a flyer, made to resemble currency, with an image of Albert Goodwill Spalding and a generic Chicago White Stocking player on the front and portraits of twelve members of the 1888 Chicago White Stockings on the reverse. The White Stockings, who would become the Cubs in 1903, did not win the National League pennant in 1888 (the first World Series was still 15 years away) and came in third in 1889 so we’re left to wonder why a Philadelphia area jeweler chose a team from Chicago in its advertising.

To read the complete article, see: Prices BATTED to Pieces (pastispresent.org/2010/good-sources/prices-batted-to-pieces/)

THE BOOK BAZARRE

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 AUCTION HIGHLIGHT

A Nautical Almanac for the Year 1803
Signed by Early Naval Hero Thomas Truxtun


Published in 1796 by the Commissioners of Longitude, this work was traditionally issued years in advance. This almanac may well have accompanied the commander of the USS Constitution when Truxtun captured the French frigate L’Insurgente in 1799 and during the successful encounter in 1800 with La Vengeance. As a result of these actions, President Jefferson presented Truxtun with the first Congressional medal to have been made in the United States.

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