Baseball equipment illustrated advertising cover, circa 1880s

National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
March 22, 2022
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Antique advertising catalogue cover with type and handwriting
National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Baseball equipment illustrated advertising cover, circa 1880s
Scott Catalogue USA 206

For nearly a century, everyday objects – including mail – carried imagery emphasizing baseball's supposedly American, rural, and White origins. In reality, the game has worldwide roots and has always drawn much of its vitality from cities and from immigrants.

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