This cabinet card photograph features Rugby star, Arthur Boucher (11870-1948). He certainly looks fit in this portrait by the famous celebrity photographer, Napoleon Sarony. Boucher was a Welsh international rugby union forward and he began playing club rugby for Newport ((1889/90 season). During the next decade, he captained them for three seasons. He was a strong and quick player and he passed well on the run. He was well known for his kicking skills. He kicked several drop goals each season. Boucher was one of the last greal all-round Welsh players before position specialization became the norm. Boucher played for the international Barbarians and became club secretary for the team between 1894 and 1899. Stickers on the reverse of this photograph indicate that the image was once owned by Culver Service. Culver Pictures was a service that collected photographs that for a fee could be used by the media to accompany the stories appearing in their publications. Culver Service was established in 1926. (SOLD) 

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This vintage photograph features a men’s soccer team. The player in the center of the first row is holding a soccer ball. If you look at it under magnification, you will note that the ball has stitching. Could this be a Rugby team? Nine of the team members are wearing vertically striped jerseys. Each end of the back row is occupied by a man in a suit; presumably, they are the team’s coaches. One of them is holding a cigarette. A well dressed woman is standing in the back row. I can’t help but wonder what her relationship is to this team. The answer to that question is lost to history. This photograph is unmounted and measures about 6 1/2″ x 4 5/8″. SOLD

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This action packed postcard features a rugby player getting past the defense and making a score (try). In rugby, a “try” earns moret points (5) than other type of scores. A “try” occurs when a player puts the ball down inside the opposing team’s designated area near the goal. This postcard was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons and is part of the “Oilette ” series (no. 1746). Oilette cards are copies of the work of commissioned artists. This postcard is part of a sub series entitled “Football Incidents”, and the card itself is captioned “A Try”. This rugby image was modeled after a black & white drawing by S. T. Dadd. The postcard was postmarked in 1907, but was issued in 1904. Raphael Tuck and his wife started their photography business in 1866 in London. Their store sold pictures, greeting cards, and in time, postcards. Their success came from the sale of postcards during the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. In the early 1900’s the firm conducted postcard competitions for collectors of Tuck postcards. These competitions offered cash prizes and they were very popular. The winner of one of these competitions had a collection consisting of over twenty-five thousand cards. Three of Tuck’s four sons participated in the business. The company was devastated by German bombing during World War II. In 1959 the company merged with two other printing companies. This postcard is in very condition (see scans).

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This cabinet card is a portrait of a young rugby player. He is wearing padded pants but no other equipment. The photographer is W. Frances Grubb (1864-1938). Grubb was an active photographer in the suburban Philadelphia area. He operated from his West Chester, Pennsylvania studio (25 N. High Street). He worked out of this studio between 1886 and 1898. Check out additional rugby cabinet cards under this site’s “rugby” category. To view additional cabinet card photographs by Grubb; click on this site’s “Photographer: Grubb” category.

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This Cabinet Card is a portrait of a Canadian Rugby team. The photographer is Gray in St. Mary’s, Ontario, Canada. The boy’s uniform shirts reveal that the name of the team is St. Mary’s and one of the boys in the bottom row is holding the ball.

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RUGBYThis Cabinet card is a great image of a rugby player in uniform and holding the rugby ball. He looks able and ready to walk on to the pitch and join the scrum. The photographic studio is the famed Pach Bros of New York City. To view other photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Pach Bros.”.

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