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PURDUE

VS.

NORTHWESTERN

c1910 Baseball Broadside

GAME POSTER

Illustrated by 

Joseph Leyendecker

21 1/2" tall x 14" 

wide, printed on cardstock

Only known example of a 

Leyendecker baseball game poster

 

 

By Carlton Hendricks

 

I got this Purdue vs. Northwestern baseball game poster about eighteen ChicagoNW_FB_Post.jpg (25974 bytes) years ago, from Posters Plus in Chicago. That was way before the internet when collectors read the Antique Trader and went to shows. As I recall I saw an ad for Posters Plus and cold called them to see if they had any sports posters. The guy I spoke with told me about this poster plus a football one for Chicago vs. Northwestern. I seem to recall I paid about $300.00 each for them. 

 

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Antique literary sports poster examples

 

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF POSTERS

Within the genera of antique sports posters you have sub categories. Some advertise products, such as cereal or clothing or cigarettes. An offshoot of that type would be those that  advertise periodicals/magazines and books, referred to as literary posters. There were also incentive posters with sports themes, most notably by Mather. Incentive posters were displayed in the work place by employers to promote integrity and increase productivity. There were also posters issued by railroads which advertised special excursions to sports events, referred to as excursion posters. 

 

Examples of different types antique sport posters
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Mather incentive posters

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Railroad excursion posters 

 

Then you have school or team issued event posters which advertised upcoming athletic events. Typically they were posted around a campus or within traveling distance of the event. These event posters are often called  broadsides, an archaic term early posters were referred to as. Antique sports event posters are significantly rare, because they were intended to be torn down and thrown away after the event. Usually the older they are the more basic, having little to no graphics, they relied on the message text to draw people. 

 

antique sport event poster examples
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