JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Shorpy members who are Patreon contributors get an ad-free experience! (Mostly -- there's still an ad above the comments.) Sign up or learn more.

The Bedford Blue Cuffs: 195x

The Bedford Blue Cuffs: 195x

This is one of our dad's posed shots, me the little guy at bat, along with my brothers in our front yard, Bedford, Quebec, late 1950s. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today’s Top 5

The ball did tend to bounce or roll or just fall out...

Rich - it looks a lot like my old mitt too. Mine, as i recall, was a Clem Labine model.

I never heard of turning the cuff under before, Riv.

How come the guys in the photo are all wearing brand new *dungarees*?

Leather Shoes

Also note that the boys are wearing leather shoes and not athletic shoes. Many parents in those days believed that athletic shoes were not good for your feet because they had no arches. As a result, their use was limited to gym class and sports teams. For all other activities, leather shoes were the order of the day.

"Two Hands"

The mitt the "catcher" is using looks much like my first mitt -- a Phil Rizzuto model my Dad gave me in 1956. I'll bet a lot of guys under 60 will look at that mitt and wonder how we managed to catch anything. The answer is -- as coaches used to yell at us constantly, "Use two hands!"

Been there

Back in those days parents never bought you clothes that fit. Everything was bought too large so that you could grow into it, shoes, jeans, shirts, etc. In my era, though (1950s in Georgia) we always turned the cuffs under so they wouldn't be so conspicuous. Unfortunately, as you grew, you always had a lighter line of wear showing around your ankles.

Syndicate content is a vintage photography site featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago. Contact us | Privacy policy | Site © 2021 Shorpy Inc.