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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Way Old Ballgame: 1911

The Way Old Ballgame: 1911

1911. Washington, D.C. "Professional baseball -- view during game." The unintentional artistic influences here range from Peter Max to Edvard Munch, thanks to mold on the emulsion. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Is this Griffith Stadium?

The wooden ballpark (called American League Park or National Park) on the site of what would become Griffith burned down, supposedly the result of a wayward plumber's blowtorch before the start of the 1911 season. The concrete and steel replacement on the same site didn't get named for Clark Griffith until 1920.

I'm wondering

I am wondering what teams they were watching in "professional baseball". I just gotta know!

Mmmmmm...

...emulsion mold! Best with ice cold milk. And limburger.

I spy.

Jackie Gleason!

It's amazing how this photo has decided to destroy itself. It looks very similar to the "plastic wrap" plug-in filter in Photoshop.

Psychedelic v.1.0

Far out, man; this would make a groovy album cover! OK, you colorizers out there, get to work!

 
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