1860's Baseball Photograph--One of the Earliest of the Sport! What appears at first glance to be just a bucolic image of a one-room schoolhouse set against a horizon of rolling hills asserts its elite significance upon closer inspection. At far right, we see a batter at the ready, a crouching catcher behind him. To the left, a pitcher preparing to fire, and fielders set to retrieve.

    While we cannot assert with complete assurance that it is the oldest photograph of our national pastime, there's little doubt that it is the earliest to picture the sport in California, a geography identified by the "Churchill & Wilson Photographers, Pixley, Cal." stamping on verso. That's a small town on the edge of the Sequoia National Forest, about half the vertical distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    The sharp and nearly pristine sepia photo measures approximately 8x4.5", with the cardboard mount extending each dimension by about an inch. Minor foxing and handling wear are noted only in the interest of full disclosure, as our online imagery will convey that the piece displays without any real distractions.

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