Thursday, August 25, 2011

RPPC of a Sports Team - Probably Basketball, circa 1920s

This is a Real Picture Postcard (RPPC) of what is probably a college sports team of some sort.  We're not 100% sure what kind of team it is, but we think it's basketball.  

There is no messages or other writing to indicate who these people were, so we're left to wonder.

There are several ways to date an RPPC, the most obvious one being if it has a postmark or if someone wrote a date on it.  This has neither.  Another way is by clothing, and the "coach" is wearing a suit with a white shirt that has a high rounded stiff looking collar, with a tie.  That seems to date it into the 1920s.  The stamp box is another indication - different companies used different paper and they tended to turn the stamp box into their logo.  You can get an idea of how old an RPPC is by that logo.  The stamp box on this one dates the card from 1918-1930 or so.  So 1920s is a pretty good guess.

So 85 to 90 years ago a group of now anonymous young men on what was probably a college sports team posed for a team picture, and through the randomness and vagaries of life, we ended up with it.  Stuff like this never ceases to amaze me.

The postcard is not in the best shape in the world, but it's still an interesting picture.

Update: Sold!

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