March 3, 2013

Posed Portraits of 19th Century Baseball Stars

Selection of studio posed photographs from the New York Public Library’s Spalding Collection, a series of over 500 photographs, prints, drawings, caricatures, and printed illustrations donated in 1921 by early baseball player and sporting-goods tycoon A. G. Spalding (whose name to this day is printed across every ball used in the National League). The photographs below feature players of different teams from New York and Philadelphia and seem to be mostly taken in the 1870s and 1880s.

(All images taken from NYPL’s Flickr collection NYC-Philly Vintage Baseball, via The Public Domain Review)


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