Displayed prominently during the 19th and early 20th centuries, these framed or matted pieces can again decorate any sports-themed den. The vintage framed photographs include: early-1900s "team" photos depicting a Polish National Alliance baseball team and an "ABC" wrestling squad, respectively; an early-1900s Navy Rugby felt display (framed); and (2) 1887 Currier & Ives matted tobacco ad displays identical "Friends Tobacco" signs. Dimensions listed on our website.
Early-1900s Baseball Team Photo - framed to dimensions of 21-1/2 x 17-5/8", a vintage sepia-toned photo depicts the "Polish National Alliance Branch 1090" baseball team. Vintage wooden frame has nicks and abrasions throughout. No glass.
Eatly-1900s Wrestling Team Photo - housed in a gold-colored frame (moderate wear) with gray matting, a vintage sepia-toned photograph reveals (6) grapplers and their sharply dressed coach.
Early-1900s Navy Rugby Display - displayed in a 23-1/2 x 23-1/8" showroom quality frame with ornate finery and gold-colored matting, a black felt banner (17-1/4 x 16-3/4" visible image) features a colorful appliqué design of a uniformed rugby player and the academy's "N" logo. With minimal cracking about the appliqué elements and no visible holes or fissures in the felt, the item appears to be incredibly well preserved.
(2) 1887 Tobacco Ad Displays - identical displays measuring 20 x 14-5/8" with horizontal metallic hangers securing the ad along the top. With a "Currier & Ives 1887" copyright, the colorful ad hawks “Friends Tobacco” and shows an artist’s rendering of a mythical scene in which a ram is confronting a pack of monkeys clad in medieval or sunbathing apparel. Strange, to be sure, but it likely sold the product. Both are wrapped in clear cellophane to a sturdy surface. There are multiple cracks and areas of discoloration along the borders of both.