View Full Version : RPPC with 1914 Chicago Cubs game action and a little suprise

11-17-2016, 10:03 PM
This is my new favorite postcard. It is a real photo postcard of a Chicago Cubs exhibition game against the local Grays from Henry, Illinois just outside of Peoria. It is postmarked September 12, 1914 from Henry to a Peoria address. The Henry, Illinois (pop. 2,000+-) website mentions that their local team played the Cubs.


Aside from how difficult it is to find a game action RPPC of an deadball ML team, I love the little details. Note the ball several feet from the pitcher's hand, the bats in the foreground and the spectators sitting in fair ground down the left field line.


But what I like most, and what was a shock to me, was the realization a live cub mascot, (maybe Clara Maduro) is likely sitting not more than twenty feet from home plate. Look closely below and you can make out the ears, eyes and nose (he or she is sitting head on to the viewer).


I found this photo, also from 1914, and article on the Cubs live mascots.


I don't know which team is in the field, but the uniforms (most obvious on the SS) seem to match the 1914 Cubs uniforms. If so, it is possible that the catcher is Roger Bresnahan as he caught most Cubs games in 1914.

If anyone else has information on this game or scene I'd love to hear it.

11-17-2016, 10:53 PM
Very cool Jim, nice find. Great postcard too.

11-18-2016, 06:41 AM
Very cool indeed Jim. I just picked this up a couple of days ago. 1907 RPPC of the Cubs playing at home.

11-18-2016, 07:09 AM
Nice find and research Jim! Congrats.

11-18-2016, 07:33 AM
JC, I love the Cub mascot on the leash!

11-18-2016, 02:09 PM
Thanks Jim,

It's the first time I've seen a cub on a PC and that's what attracted me to the lot which included another PC in there. Loved seeing your pickup and hopefully this thread will show more mascots or Cub images.