Photo, Print, Drawing  |  Software, E-Resource Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection

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Title
Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection
Summary
Cards depict major and minor league ballplayers (in portraits and action poses), from teams in fifteen identified leagues and seventy-five cities in the United States and Canada. Includes U.S. major league teams from Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Minor league teams from the cities of Birmingham, Little Rock, Memphis, Norfolk, Oakland, Providence, Richmond, Shreveport, and Toledo are also represented, as well as Canadian teams from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. Stars from the major leagues account for more than three-quarters of the images with such notables as Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Ed Delahanty, Buck Ewing, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, Rube Waddell, Smoky Joe Wood, and Cy Young. The LOT also includes cards depicting managers of U.S. major and minor league teams, including among others, Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Charles Comiskey.
Contributor Names
American Tobacco Company, publisher
Created / Published
1887-1914, bulk 1887-1912.
Subject Headings
-  Baseball players--United States--1880-1920
-  Baseball players--Canada--1880-1920
-  Baseball managers--United States--1880-1920
-  Baseball--United States--1880-1920
-  Baseball--Canada--1880-1920
Headings
Baseball cards--1880-1920.
Chromolithographs--1880-1920.
Cigarette cards--1880-1920.
Group portraits--1880-1920.
Halftone photomechanical prints--1880-1920.
Photographic prints--1880-1920.
Portrait photographs--1880-1920.
Portrait prints--1880-1920.
Genre
Portrait photographs--1880-1920
Portrait prints--1880-1920
Group portraits--1880-1920
Baseball cards--1880-1920
Cigarette cards--1880-1920
Photographic prints--1880-1920
Halftone photomechanical prints--1880-1920
Chromolithographs--1880-1920
Notes
-  Arrangement: Organized by issue date and publisher into thirty-six subdivisions representing published card sets (LOT 13163-1 through LOT 13163-36).
-  Digitized images of baseball cards (both fronts and backs) along with their associated identifying information are available through the Prints & Photographs Division Online Catalog.
-  Digitized images are also available through the Library of Congress Web site under title: Baseball Cards, 1887-1914. This finding aid in electronic form with captions, and subject indexing for each image, was produced in 1998 for the National Digital Library Program, American Memory collections.
-  Baseball cards were first issued by tobacco companies in the 1880s for distribution in cigarette packages. They served to promote sales and provide advertising.
-  LOT title devised by Library staff.
-  LOT includes thirty-six card sets issued by fourteen publishers. The American Tobacco Company is most heavily represented with over 1,400 cards.
-  Formats include: 536 photographic prints (albumen and gelatin silver); 261 halftone photomechanical prints; 1,303 chromolithographs (95 hand colored).
-  Most cards measure ca. 2.6 x ca. 1.5 in. The following larger card formats are also included: Turkey Red Cabinets (T3), ca. 8 x 5.75 in.; Old Judge Cabinets (N173), ca. 6.5 x 4.25 in.; Kalamazoo Bats (N690), ca. 4 x 2.25 in.; Allen & Ginter World's Champions (N43), ca. 3.25 x 2.8 in.; Mecca Double Folders (T201), ca. 4.6 x 2.25 in.; and Hassan Triple Folders (T202), ca. 2.25 x 5.5 in.
-  Gift; Carl Sandburg; 1954.
-  Benjamin K. Edwards collected and preserved the baseball cards in albums with more than 12,000 other cigarette cards on various subjects. After his death, Edwards' daughter Elizabeth Erickson gave the albums to the poet Carl Sandburg, who donated them to the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division in 1954.
-  Forms part of: Benjamin K. Edwards Collection.
Medium
ca. 2,100 items (chiefly color photomechanical prints).
Call Number/Physical Location
LOT 13163 (H) (Locked) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.bbc
https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/bbhtml/bbhome.html
Library of Congress Control Number
98803276
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication. For more information, see "Baseball cards ...," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/620_base.html
Access Advisory
Restricted access: Materials in this collection are extremely fragile and cannot be served. Please use the online digital images. A small selection has been made that can be served by appointment. The material requires special handling. For more information, see: Materials Designated "Served by Appointment Only ( https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/617_apptonly.html)"
Online Format
image
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/98803276
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American Tobacco Company, Publisher. Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection. to 1914, Bulk to 1912, 1887. Software, E-Resource. https://www.loc.gov/item/98803276/.

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American Tobacco Company, P. (1887) Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection. to 1914, Bulk to 1912. [Software, E-Resource] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/98803276/.

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American Tobacco Company, Publisher. Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection. to 1914, Bulk to 1912, 1887. Software, E-Resource. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/98803276/>.

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