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    Circa 1870 Amherst vs. Williams Baseball Championship Broadside. Remarkable early broadside heralds the meeting of Massachusetts colleges Amherst and Williams in a Championship contest on "Decoration Day, May 30." It was in 1868 that Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as a memorial day "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land." The holiday would come to be known as Memorial Day. Surely there were Civil War veterans in the grandstands, and perhaps even on the field, for this very early baseball contest. Dimensions approximately 18x24", with some small tears at the intersection of fold lines and wear at the edges, which are affixed to the backing with archival tape, but overall condition is remarkably fine for a delicate article of such advanced vintage. Matted (unframed) to 25x30".


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    November, 2014
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