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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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May 24th-

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commem-

orating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
Of Greater Birmingham City League

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

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Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

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ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


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HURDLER

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By Chiparus

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19" tall

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- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

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SPALDING'S

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WOODEN

SHIPPING

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June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

famed Yale

foot ball

pioneer

Eugene V. 

Baker

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C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

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C1890
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c1921

SILVER

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by 

Derby Silver Co.

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c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

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C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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2009

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c1950

Brayton Laguna

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Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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JOE LOUIS 

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2009

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c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

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MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

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c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO STORY

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2009

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c1910 
MISSION OAK STYLE 
ROCKING CHAIR WITH
BOWLING SCENE
39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

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MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

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3rd- 9th

2009

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C1940's 
JOE MARTY'S 
BAR AND 

GRILL

NEON BASEBALL SIGN
7 Ft wide 

4 1/2 Ft. tall

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Circa 1890

HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

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C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

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2009

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c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

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c1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

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One of the authors favorites!

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Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

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THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE


Circa 1900

VIENNA

TENNIS

BRONZE

Story 

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5 Inches Tall

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Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

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14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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 22" tall x 14" wide

Printed on cardstock by John J. Kiernan, 968 Grand Ave. New Haven Conn.

 

- FOR THE YALE CUP -

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

BROADSIDE POSTER

Game tied 4 to 4 - Teams met again for playoff on Thanksgiving, which 

 Bridgeport won to become State Champions 

 

BRIDGEPORT HIGH VS.

HARTFORD HIGH

FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

 

 

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Bridgeport High School

Bridgeport Connecticut

Hartford Public High School

Hartford Connecticut

 

 

....At first glance it seems admirable of Yale to put up a trophy for a championship trophy and provide Yale Field for the venue...I would speculate however, this was more than just promoting football and fostering good sportsmanship for youth...this was a recruiting exercise for the Eli. Moreover we may be witnessing the beginnings of college football recruitment....

 

 

uestion...Why would I feature a high school football poster since I normally only collect ones with recognizable teams, typically colleges ones? Answer: Primarily because of the region and the time frame....First, it's from Connecticut...and Connecticut...along with Massachusetts is where American football was birthed and pioneered. Second, It's from 1895 which was early for state sanctioned high school football. Therefore this poster would be a very rare artifact of the early development of American football at the high school level from the region where it all started! That is, the land of Yale...Matter fact, as we're about to see, Yale orchestrated this game...Given those attributes I was very pleased to add it to my collection of broadsides.

 

The poster gives up some very interesting details. 1. It's for the Connecticut state championship. 2. It names the trophy, the Yale Cup. I don't believe I've seen a trophy referenced on a poster before!  3. The game was sanctioned by the Connecticut Interscholastic Foot Ball Association. It is interesting to note there was a governing body that early for Connecticut high school football. 4. Someone wrote on the poster in long hand the final score of the game, which is great to know!  5.  And finally, it's fully dated!...One of the most important features a broadside can have is to be dated with at least the year...In this case however, we have the year, day, and month. Having all that was invaluable for research.

 

Speaking of research....this has not been an easy one. However, with the assistance of retired New Haven Register Sports Editor Bob Barton, as well as Natalie Belanger, and Melissa Traub of the Connecticut Historical Society...I was able to assemble enough pieces of the puzzle to learn the background of this poster...

 

I got it on eBay October 4th 2015 for $279.95 with a "buy it now" option. An important aspect of this poster is that it's printed on cardstock...Please note that 22" x 14" cardstock posters from this era are very rare as they were easily broken. The larger they were the more subject to damage they were.  So for this example to survive since 1895 is incredible and a privilege to view! As a special bonus it's printed on robins egg blue cardstock, as opposed to the usual white or tan...which gives it extra eye appeal! 

 

 


 

Email to seller:
thanks for your reply...I just pulled the trigger as I sit in a noisy mexican restaurant in berkeley ca...what can you tell me about it's history....i.e. where it's been....can you say where you got it?...thanks -carlton

 


 

Seller's reply:
Carlton, Thanks for your purchase. I picked it up at an farm house estate that probably dates back to around that time. Owners probably got it from their parents, being they seems to be Octogenarians + is about all I can say. They lived probably 10 miles from the Yale bowl as the crow flies and I'd guess they we're Bridgeport Alumna. Actually though at that time there were no bridges between these two areas, so they either have to ferry over via horse n buggy or travel 10 miles North to get the Derby Shelton Toll bridge to get across the Housatonic River. Hope that helps, I'll pack it up and try to get her out tomorrow.

 


 

"OUT AT THE ROPES" PAINTED BY FREDERIC REMINGTON

Note: Western artist Remington played "rusher" on the 1879 Yale football team

 

It should be noted, for the most part the crowd had to stand for the three Bridgeport vs. Hartford 1895 Championship games. Yale field where it was played, which was the forerunner of the Yale Bowl, did not build seating on a large scale until 1897

 

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YALE FIELD 1893

 

Yale Field, as announced on the poster, is where Hartford High and Bridgeport played. Yale Field is located at 252 Derby Avenue, West Haven, CT. just across the city line from New Haven. Before the more famous Yale Bowl stadium's first game November 21st 1914, Yale Field was Yale's home football field. Yale Field is about a three minute drive from the Yale Bowl and about three miles from the Yale campus. 

 

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN AND 

HARTFORD RAILROAD CO. RAIL MAP

HARTFORD HIGH AND BRIDGEPORT HIGH MET AT YALE FIELD IN WEST HAVEN (BY NEW HAVEN)

42 miles from Hartford to West Haven

 

22 miles from Bridgeport to West Haven

Both teams would have traveled to the game by The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad 

 

THE BACKGROUND

To appreciate the drama of the game on this poster, let's examine what was going on in the background...First of all, it advertises a "TIE GAME" playoff. This was the second of a three game series which Hartford Public High School and Bridgeport High School played for the Championship of 1895. The Yale Athletic Association had donated a trophy, the Yale Cup, to the winning team. Yale also let them play the game on the famed Yale Field.  Also note the Connecticut Interscholastic Foot Ball Association referenced on the poster was formed in 1894 under the auspices of the 1894 ref Notes Grid3.jpg (26238 bytes) Yale Football Association only a year previous to this game . The Yale Cup was also first awarded in 1894, and was awarded annually to the Connecticut State Football Champions until it was retired in 1901 and replaced with the Trinity Cup. The rules of the Yale Cup called for it to be retired to the first team to win it three times. Waterbury High of Waterbury Ct., later renamed Crosby High, won it in 1899, 1900, and 1901.

 

STARTING LINEUPS OF HARTFORD HIGH AND BRIDGEPORT HIGH

 

At first glance it seems admirable of Yale to put up a trophy for a championship trophy and provide Yale Field for the venue...I would speculate however, this was more than just promoting football and fostering good sportsmanship for youth...this was a recruiting exercise for the Eli. Moreover we may be witnessing the beginnings of college football recruitment...Think about it...Yale had been playing interscholastic football for twenty years...read about their beginnings here...By 1895 they would realize the value of looking ahead to the next crop of players...By promoting a state championship they were essentially getting a look at the best players in the state...I wouldn't be at all surprised if Walter Camp and other Yale football supporters were their at these last three games watching for talent!

 

 

After tying the November 16th game advertised on this poster 4 - 4,  the captains agreed to share the championship and have both teams engraved on the Yale Cup. All was settled until the Yale Athletic Association demanded only one school could win the cup and a third playoff had to be played immediately. That final game was played a week later on Thanksgiving Day. 

 

 

At the time of this game, the Connecticut Interscholastic Foot Ball Association was divided into two divisions of four high schools each, being North and South. The North was made up of Hartford, New Britain, Norwich, and Suffield. The South was made up of Bridgeport, Hopkins, Hillhouse, and King. The rules of the Association called for the best teams of each division to play each other at the end of the season for the championship and Yale Cup. It should be noted 1895 was the second year in a row Hartford and Bridgeport had battled for the championship...The two had faced off for the championship the year before in 1894. Bridgeport won it then 22 - 16.

 

 

EPILOGUE

So to connect the dots of this three game saga, let's reiterate....The same two teams on the poster had battled for same championship and trophy the year before, which Bridgeport won 22-16. Then in this 1895 battle, they played first on November 9th and tied 10 - 10...then played again on November 16th and tied again 4-4, which this poster represents...Then to break that tie...and at the demand of Yale Football Association, who sponsored Yale Cup, the two teams met on November 28th Thanksgiving Day, where Bridgeport won 16-12 and clinched the championship.

 

 

Take it from someone who has collected and studied antique sports broadsides 30 years...You can never say never in the antiques world as no one knows what's out there that has survived. But generally speaking a poster like this only comes around once! My aim is to bring you rare exceptional items you would never see if it weren't for this site, and this poster serves as an excellent example! 

 

 

BRIDGEPORT HIGH'S 1894 TEAM

1894 bridgeport team1.jpg (285435 bytes)

 

What I didn't nail for this story

I got a lot of peripheral aspects but what I’d really liked to have had for this story is more information on the November 16th game the poster is for, and the players…Were I in Connecticut or anywhere close I could access the newspaper microfilm of both the Bridgeport and Hartford newspapers….but I’m out here on the left coast…I got close though...I did get  newspaper play by play of the final game on Thanksgiving. The first Clarence Pop FosterT.jpg (73159 bytes)thing on my want list would be team photos of each team, which is sorely missing  from the story…Next I’d mine for details of what happened to the players after graduating. I was able to identify the winning team’s star player in one “Pop Foster” who played full back for Bridgeport. The only photo I could acquire was one of him in a baseball uniform. I did also find a grainy photocopy of twichell clemens.jpg (52047 bytes) a newspaper page that had a team photo of the Bridgeport football team of 1894, which has some of the 95’ players in it, see it above. I stumbled on an interesting aspect of one of the Hartford players. In the Hartford lineup is the name Twitchell playing right end...I believe that was a misspelling and was suppose to have been "Twichell". According to my research the only Twitchell who graduated from Hartford Public High before 1904 was an "R. Lincoln Twitchell" who graduated in 1902. There was a Burton P. Twichell who graduated in 1897. So no doubt it was Burton who played right end for Hartford...Young Burton was from a very prominent Hartford family. His father Joseph H. Twichell was the pastor of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford for fifty years...He was also Mark Twain's closest friend...

 

Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell (November 30, 1838 – December 20, 1918), writer and pastor, was Mark Twain's closest friend for over forty years, and appears in A Tramp Abroad as "Harris." They met at a church social after the Civil War when Twichell was pastor of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, his only pastorate for almost 50 years. Reverend Twichell performed Twain's wedding and christened his children, and counseled him on literary as well as personal matters for the rest of Twain's life. A profound scholar and devout Christian, he was described as "a man with an exuberant sense of humor, and a profound understanding of the frailties of mankind. -Wikipedia

 

And so given all that...young Burton not only played right end on the second best high school football team in the state of Connecticut...but he would have been almost family to Mark Twain...Twain may well have been at the game of my poster cheering on his nephew...Hey I was at most of my best friend's kids football games!...

 

Now about that Yale Cup…
After failing to acquire all I wanted for this story…
I made a great discovery...How would you like to see the Yale Cup...Yes I mean "thee" actual Yale Cup trophy referenced on the poster!!!...Far fetched?...That's what I thought...
So here's what happened...As I was writing this story I was thinking about the Yale Cup...Idly speculating on what ever became of it...I'm pretty well versed in antique football trophies having collected them thirty years...and know very well the many scenarios that could have befallen it...Schools get remodeled, School move stuff gets lost...fires happen...all kinds of things happen to school trophies over many years...They get pilfered, they get thrown out...One friend of mine, his wife worked at a major big name university...and found a cache of antique trophies thrown out in the trash...So there was no telling what happened to it...Heck Harvard hardly has any of their trophies...check it out here...most of them have disappeared...

 

But the thought occurred to me that it could still be at the school...I think if I would have put money on it I'd have given it about 10% chance it was still there...Nevertheless I took a run at it...As I said earlier my research indicated Waterbury High School in Waterbury took permanent possession of the Yale Cup in 1901 after winning it three years...And so I looked up Waterbury High...They renamed it Crosby High in 1897, just two years after this poster was printed. I sent Principle Jade Lee Gopie an email to inquire...below our exchange:

 

Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Hello Principle Gopie...
Carlton Hendricks here...Say I’m sorry to bother you I know you’re busy...but I’m writing a story and according to my research Crosby High School took permanent possession of a trophy called the “Yale Cup” for winning the Connecticut State football championship three times...

....."The Yale Cup was also first awarded in 1894, and was awarded annually to the Connecticut State Football Champions until it was retired in 1901 and replaced with the Trinity Cup. The rules of the Yale Cup called for it to be retired to the first team to win it three times. Crosby High School of Waterbury won it in 1899, 1900, and 1901".....

 

Would Crosby High still have the Yale Cup?...if so could I please get a photo of it?...Thank you so much.
Most Kindly –Carlton
www.SportsAntiques.com
John 3:16

 


 

Friday, October 14, 2016 9:58 AM
Hi Carlton, 
We do have this in our school and will get a picture to you ASAP.
Jade L. Gopie, Principal
Crosby High School
Waterbury, CT 

 

That short email from Principle Gopie had to have been one of the most fascinating emails I ever read...my eyes were as big as silver dollars as I read it!!!...See it below...

 

 

 

 

Yale Cup Championship Trophy, donated by Yale

8 7/8" tall, Made by Black Star & Frost, NYC

- Engraved -

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

PRESENTED BY

THE YALE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

TO THE CONNECTICUT INTERSCHOLASTIC FOOT BALL

ASSOCIATION

1895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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