Monday, November 3, 2014

Football Tintype C.1880

This is a wonderful circa 1880 football tintype of two teammates I have yet to identify, and is one of our two favorite early football tintypes (see August 11, 2013 post for the other). 
It is roughly a 6th plate, measuring approximately 3 1/2”x 2 1/2”.

Football tintypes are quite difficult to find, and more likely to be from the 1890s.  Tintypes that are pre 1890 are exceedingly rare.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Comparison of Early Football Photographs to Newspaper Sketches of the Same Period (Second Installment)


A continuation of the initial posting, from July 21, 2013, comparing specific photographs to period illustrations.   The illustration titled “At The Training Table” is similar or identical down to the smaller details. The  photograph and illustration are the same room from opposite ends.

In the foreground on the left side are Princeton players, F.L.Smith, followed by J. Baird. Fourth in line on this side is the ever popular Thomas Trenchard. On the right is D.M.Balliet, A.H. Rosengarten and then Johnny Poe. As with the photo from the earlier post, this oversized albumin belonged to All-American William W. Church, Princeton, 97.
Photo circa 1896.