Monday, September 20, 2021

Article From The June 28, 1871 Cumberland Daily News

 I should really be working on many of the blog entries I have been procrastinating writing, however, I found this article I thought was fun to share while researching a recently acquired piece.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

David Patten 1974 - 2021


David Patten was one of the most exciting New England Patriot's players; in 2001 running, catching and throwing for a touchdown in a single game. Patten was one of Brady's favorite targets in the corner of the end zone. He won three rings with the Patriots. Jacob was supposed to meet him and was stranded in New York for some reason that I can't recall, and asked me to go for him. Photo taken some time around 2001. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Souvenir Of The Harvard - Yale Football Game November 24, 1894


Issued by the New York and New England Railroad, these rare souvenir cards were issued for the November 24th, 1894 Harvard - Yale football contest. The game was nicknamed the "Bloodbath at Hampden Park" due to the violence exhibited by both teams during the game. Each football measures approximately 3 1/8" x 2 3/8". A rare survivor. Related blog posting, March 24, 2015.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Rare Lt. Benjamin Friedman Signature


We've been collecting Benny Friedman memorabilia for a fair number of years and came across this very rare autograph, differing from what is normally seen in the hobby. It was signed during WW2 when Friedman was a Lieutenant in the Navy; signed "Lt. Benjamin Friedman D.V.S - U.S.N.R." (circled on the photo). This and other signatures appear in a Navy Blue Jackets Manual owned by a Leo Kubacki during the war. Other signatures inside the front cover include Carl Mulleneaux, who played six seasons for the Green Bay Packers and later coached college ball, Johnny Rigney, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, and Eddie Riska, an All-American basketball player at Notre Dame who also played in the National Basketball League.

Friedman enlisted in the Navy during the World War in 1942, at the age of 37, and was discharged in December of 1945, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander.


                                                            Signatures inside of the back cover

Sunday, June 27, 2021

St. Paul's School Panoramic Photos c. 1906 / Hobey Baker

 Framed panoramic photos from St. Paul's School, c.1906. Photo at bottom has a young Hobey Baker (center, front row). Top and middle photos are of the school hockey and football teams. Rather than repeat previous information on Baker found elsewhere in this blog, please see postings dated March 21, 2019 and Jun 13, 2015. Framed , 21 1/4" x 15 1/4"; each panorama measures 9" x 4" . 

                                                                 Hobey Baker

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hamilton Park Environs / 1870s Stereoview

One of the reasons we collect football photographs is because it gives you a historical perspective and allows you to see and feel the people and the sport. Stereoviews go one step further, allowing the viewer to go back in time and visualize the subject in three dimensions. I am posting this view, as it is not well known and gives a different perspective from Hamilton Park, Yale's 19th century sports venue. This view (1870s) is taken with the photographer's back to the Whalley Avenue entrance to Hamilton Park. You can see the wooden fence surrounding the park at the far left of the card.  There is currently a version of this card on ebay, should you have interest.

                                    C. 1872, the entrance to Hamilton Park on Whalley Ave

                                                   See our related April 21, 2020 posting

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

1911 Princeton Football Banquet / Hobey Baker

1911 banquet for the Princeton Football Team. Held at the Hotel Martinique in New York City following Princeton's victory over Yale , 6 - 3, on November 18, 1911. Princeton had not beaten Yale since 1903. There were many recognizable Princeton football players of the past present, some of whom I picture below. A similar photo from the 1914 dinner can be found in the Images of Sports book, "Princeton Football". This is a mesmerizing photo and measures 19 1/4 by 11 3/8. Excuse the reflection in the glass of the photos, the actual photo is crystal clear.

                                                         A view of the left side of the room.  

                                                                      Hobey Baker

                                                                          Bill Edwards