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    1890-91 "Young Ladies' Base Ball Club No. 1" Cabinet Photograph. A half-century before the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League inspired a nation of tomboys to head to the sandlot, the "Young Ladies' Base Ball Club No. 1" posed for this remarkable cabinet photograph, the earliest image recorded of an all-female baseball team. Or is it? Though this team famously embarrassed a slew of male competition during the waning years of the 19th century, rumors abounded that some of these pictured ladies may have been hiding a bat and balls beneath their bloomers, if you know what we mean, likely in order to collect wagers from sexist gamblers. The piece measures 4.25x6.5" inclusive of the cardboard mount, which identifies each player in the lower margin and dates the image to "Season of 1890 & 1891." Mount exhibits light soiling, with slight hairline surface wrinkle and handwriting on verso that do not affect front. Included in lot is a hardcover volume of the 1965 publication "The Fifty Great Pioneers of American Industry," which pictures this cabinet photo in a chapter dedicated to baseball pioneer Harry Wright.

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    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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