May 14, 2012, 12:02 AM
True. I bet there are lots of people who have 19th century pictures of famous people and they don't even know it, and some of them are probably worth thousands, that's why I'm still researching. Plus, I can't stand "unsolved" mysteries.
From what I could dig up, it seems Spalding was the only company who made those types of hats at that time. I came across one of their 1890s catalogs and they referred to it as a "Brooklyn-style" short brim cap.
May 14, 2012, 12:09 AM
They look like a mix match of uniforms. I wonder if they carved those clubs...er I mean bats themselves lol.
Originally Posted by SODABOTTLEBOB
May 14, 2012, 01:06 AM
Thanks for all the helpful information. I truly appreciate it. But irregardless if it turns out to be 1890s or 1910s, the one thing more than anything else that puzzles and intrigues me about the photo is, why would someone go to the trouble and added expense of having a photo developed in an oval shape, which I'm sure was a special technique and specifically sized to fit the oval frame, if it wasn't someone special? And if the player was just some ordinary Joe, why not have him pose instead of capturing him in a blurry action shot? I realize that Big Cy and others touched on this same quandry, but the more I think about it, the more it intrigues me. Hopefully tomorrow or the next day I will hear from Tim and he will have some good news for us ... I hope ~ I hope ~ I hope.
By the way, the photo is now safely tucked away in it's brand new hard plastic archival quality case, and truly looks like a million bucks!
Last edited by SODABOTTLEBOB; May 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM.
May 14, 2012, 06:36 AM
bob the hat was a spalding product
Baseball history photo: Base ball caps advertisement from the Spalding Official Base Ball Guide, 1889
Baseball History: 19th Century Baseball: The Equipment: Page 3
funny though,ive looked through 100s of img,and not one player was wearing,that 2tone cap,from
1901-1912,maybe check with spalding,could be they abandoned that 2tone style cap,when the clubs
became, The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues,and they quit the color coding
system for field positions
one of the archives,i havent finished looking in
Search Results for "baseball" -- 881 - 920 of 6175 from the Library of Congress
Search Results for "baseball" -- 1 - 20 of 17290 from the Library of Congress
May 14, 2012, 10:56 AM
Someone commented that this is not a normal throwing motion as it is a staged pose. It may also be pre-game because there are no other players in view. Besides his laces are not yet tied tight..
Originally Posted by SODABOTTLEBOB
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; May 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM.
May 14, 2012, 11:02 AM
We cant find the cap either. Spalding says it was used by horse jockeys (who were predominately black) and never became popular with (white) baseball players. I believe it was soon discontinued. I cant find it past 1888. You found 1889. I found this cap on an 1890 cigar box horse jockey and I posted the pic.
Originally Posted by cw0909
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; May 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM.
May 14, 2012, 11:40 AM
more guides and description of hat pg,the hat maybe in later editions ive not read them
more spalding guides
American Memory from the Library of Congress:
Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889 - 1939))
May 14, 2012, 12:27 PM
I received a reply this morning from Tim Wiles, who is with the Baseball Hall of Fame research department in Cooperstown, New York. But instead of commiting to comment just yet, he requested that I re-scan the photograph (front and back) at 300 dpi, compressed. He also asked that I copy/paste all three of my previous emails into one. I spent the past hour working on this and just sent it to him. What he intends to do first is to have the photo examined by his photo experts who will try and determine exactly what type of paper and developing process the photo was done with. Other than this, I'm really not sure what his intentions are, but so far he has not even hinted at a date regarding the uniform or the photograph itself. So all I can do for now is wait and hear back from him. He did not say how long that might be, but I suspect it could be at least another day or two. I will be sure to report back here the minute I hear from him.
As for myself regarding the recent observations and information, I am currently leaning toward an approximate date of circa 1900. But this could change from minute to minute as it is only a guess and keeps changing depending on which way the wind is blowing. (Lol)
Thanks again to all. I'll be back!
May 14, 2012, 01:05 PM
Here are the two new scans that I sent to Tim. They are at 300 dpi. But what's weird about them is, at 300 dpi they take on a pinkish tint that is not how they look to the naked eye. In reality they are more of a tannish/yellowish color. I explained this color difference to Tim but sent the 300's anyway as he requested. He also has the 200 dpi that is pictured here at the bottom and is the closest to the photo's true color. I have no clue why they turn pinkish at 300 dpi but not at 200 dpi.
Front at 300 dpi
Back at 300 dpi
Natural Color at 200 dpi
May 14, 2012, 01:23 PM
I dont understand why he only wants 300 DPI. Im pretty sure I am able to scan over 1000DPI. If you are only scanning at 200-300 its no wonder we cant see anything.
May 14, 2012, 01:31 PM
For the board to help you need to go to the highest resolution possible, maybe you did, but my old scanner goes to 1200 DPI on "custom settings" and has been very helpful to me in the past to see small details not obvious on the original.
May 14, 2012, 01:33 PM
I don't know either, but that's what his photo department requested. My dpi goes up to 2400, and possibly even higher if I "customize" the settings.
Originally Posted by Bigcypresshunter
May 14, 2012, 01:43 PM
OK great. Its amazing that you could see the word GRAIN.
May 14, 2012, 01:46 PM
I have a question. I know you have the original but is the image worth anything? In the past I have been reluctant to post some of my historic photos online because I was afraid the images would be stolen but you need to do this to get help. Am I just being paranoid?.
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