While looking at exposure times for photography in the 1880s I came across some portraits of baseball players from the mid-1880s and the hair style of one of the players was nearly identical the some of the antique portraits I have been sharing with you, including the one above. I guess hair styles can date photographs as well as clothes, don’t you agree?
Below you can read the introduction a description with samples of the early photographs and below the caption the image of two baseball players.
Baseball cards as we know them can be traced not only to the rising popularity of baseball in the mid-1800s, but to the early development of photography and commercial printing processes. The earliest memorabilia does not resemble baseball cards but by the 1870’s the public sentiment and commercial forces were ready for the first baseball cards. This chapter shows the solid-type photographs and early mounted paper photographs.
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