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    1909 Washington Senators Real Photo Postcards Salesman's Sample Album. It was in 1904 that Hall of Fame sportswriter Charles Dryden penned the famous words, "Washington--first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League." Five years later, little had changed, the Senators dropping 110 decisions, improving by three over that luckless 1904 edition, but remaining a prisoner in the basement of the newly-minted Junior Circuit. But when you're on the bottom, there's no place to go but up, and glory would come in time, to be delivered by a right arm unlike any the game had seen.

    That arm belonged to a Kansas farmboy named Walter Johnson, a lanky lad just twenty-one years old and well under .500 himself when captured as a member of this ascendant capital city franchise. We find the Big Train as the locomotive in the opening image of the presented album, Johnson drawing the eye for his position at the lead of the line-up, as the only man in civilian attire, and as the tallest of the Senators, the reason for his forward-most position. The sepia real photo bears a caption and copyright as a genuine postcard, but is blank-backed, affixed gently to its own scrapbook page, as each sample postcard is presented. Each measures 3.75x5.5".

    The balance of the imagery is comprised of full body single subject portraiture, each Senator captured against the backdrop of an empty Washington American League Park grandstand, home of the team between 1904-10. The roster, in order of appearance:

    Cantillon (manager), Eddinger (trainer), Johnson (pitcher), Smith (pitcher), Hughes (pitcher), Groom (pitcher), Freeman (first baseman), Burns (pitcher), Gray (pitcher), McBride (shortstop), Street (catcher), Unglaub (first baseman), Delahanty (second baseman), Blankenship (catcher), Kahoe (catcher), Milan (center fielder), Conroy (third baseman), Ganley (right fielder), Keeley (pitcher), Tannehill (pitcher), Shipke (infielder), Clymer (right fielder), McNeil (rubber/training assistant).

    The first page (affixed with the team shot) is loose from the album but otherwise there are no condition issues worthy of note. Interior front cover holds the business card of "The Barr-Farnham Photo Post Card Co.," the artisans lobbying for the business of the young Washington franchise. We can find no indication that the postcards were ever put into production, intensifying greatly the rarity--and thus the desirability--of these T206 contemporaries.


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