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Old 09-05-2004, 10:29 AM
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Posted By: The other One (Julie)

about sports for boys? Townball or baseball?



It is a "Reward of Mertit," given by a mid-19th century teacher to a deserving pupil. I thought I recognized the little baseball (or townball)--like print on the left.

Scott F, I've been told you used to own this dollar-bill shaped object...

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Geez..it's like pulling teeth...

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Posted By: hankron

I would assume it's not from a book, but is its own illustration.

I saw this item a couple of years ago (when Scott had it), and it's cool. Especially with the rainbow colors-- caused by mixing different inks on the printing plate all at once.

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Julie, ya need to chill a bit. Just because there is a huge knowledge base here doesn't mean that between everyone here everything is known. Some times there are going to be things posted where people just don't have a clue, thus, the lack of responses. Also, not everyone reads the board daily, so responses may be slow in coming.

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Posted By: The Other One (Julie)

Barry Sloate fixes the date as "very early--probably 1840" (Mark Macrae had said 1840-60), and says "if the bat seems even--if you can tell--it's probably baseball; otherwise, it's probably townball. Drawing may not be detailed enough to get this kind of information.

Neither Barry nor David are remided of a line drawing in a 19th century book--so I probably made it up.

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Just wondering what the actual dimensions of this item are and if you could post a scan of the reverse if it is not blank backed (with the consent of the scan-posting monitors of course).

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Posted By: The Other One (Julie)

The back is blank, except for a cursive name, written in pencil--probably the teacher's. I wonder why the teacher didn't sign on the appropriate line in front? The PENCIL looks the same as the pencil that wrote the pupil's name on the front--otherwise, it could simply be the name of a subsequent owner (no, it doesn't say "Scott Forrest!)

Heck. I'll post it. The trouble is, the manual scan page SAYS how many inches etc. ecah scan is--but the scan is uaually bigger than the object. Never been able to figure it out. Oh, sometimes it's the same size. Can't figure out how I get the two different effects.

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