SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL TEAM :D. MORKEL : TADDY & CO. : CIGARETTE CARD : (1906-7)

This vintage tobacco card features D. Morkel, a player on the 1906-7 South African Football team. The card advertises “Grapnel” pipe tobacco for Taddy & Co.. The firm was located in London, England. James Taddy & Co. was founded in 1740 and by the end of the 19th century, the company was one of the most important British tobacco companies. It first produced citgarette cards in 1897. The company closed down in 1920 as a result of a labor strike by it’s tobacco workers. The photograph of Mr. Morkel, seen on this card,  was taken by Scott & Co.. This tobacco card has a few stains on it’s middle right side border. The card is in overall good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF AN EARLY COLLEGE AGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

This vintage real photo postcard is a memento from the early history of football. This warrior of the gridiron stands at attention for his sports portrait. He appears to be college age and may be a member of a college football team. He is wearing his practice uniform and this image certainly reminds us of the major changes that have taken place over the years in the realm of sports equipment technology. This postcard has a divided back as well as a white border. It was likely produced during the White Border Era (1915-1930). The white borders were a method employed to help postcard publishers save on the expense of ink. This postcard is in good condition and the reverse of the card indicates that it once resided in a postcard album.

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VINTAGE PORTRAIT OF A UNIFORMED FOOTBALL TEAM

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a football team. These eleven heroes of the gridiron are wearing their uniforms for this group photograph. Six of the young men are wearing their helmets. Unfortunately, these thin leather helmets didn’t offer much protection against concussions or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). At first glance, I thought this team may actually be a rugby team. I based my impression on the odd shape and size of the football. The ball looked more like a rugby ball than a football. A little investigating revealed that today’s football has evolved over time. Basically, footballs have gone from round, to watermelon shaped, to today’s shaped football. The modern football became commonly used in 1935. In 1869 (first collegiate football game), the ball used was round, resembling a soccer ball. In 1874, a rugby-type ball was introduced. Shaped like a watermelon, it was as difficult to throw as the round ball. In 1912, an oversized version of today’s football was introduced. This football gave the quarterback more control of the ball when passing. The football in this photo postcard appears to be the rugby style ball, and that is compatible with the AZO stamp box which indicates that this portrait was taken between 1904 and 1918. The players and their team are unidentified. 

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PORTRAIT OF A FOOTBALL TEAM (1916 REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a football team. The player in the center of the front row is holding a ball which announces that the team is CHS and the year of the photo is 1916. It is likely that the HS part of CHS stands for “high school”. The previous owner of this image reported that it was found with a group of many other photographs and that many of it’s companions were from either Michigan or North Dakota. The three coaches and their players look very much like the way a high school football team looks today. A fashion update may be necessary but the players intensity and pride is evident in photos from the past and the present. This image is notable for it’s excellent clarity. The postcard was printed on AZO paper issued sometime between 1904 and 1918.   SOLD

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