SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 29th-

May 6th 2017

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8 5/8" tall

5 1/8" wide

-1868-

HANDBILL BROADSIDE
Advertising

Beadle's

Dime 
Baseball Player 
Publication

Sold on ebay $623.00

Printed 

on Paper


SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 9th - 15th 2015

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35" x 24"

NOTICE

3/26/17

 

This feature

has been updated

Owner of 

painting has been located

see owners corres-

pondence at bottom of feature


1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


Illustrated for May 1902 Harpers Weekly Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Nov 26th-

Dec 3rd 2016

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- QUESTION -

WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
Announcing Opening  Abner S. Brady's 
WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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A TEN DAY

EXCURSION

FEATURE

CARLTON'S

EPIC

MAY 2001

BRIMFIELD

ANTIQUES FAIR STORY

16 STORY PAGES

33 PHOTO PAGES

49

PAGES TOTAL

1000

BRIMFIELD

PHOTOS

PLUS SEE

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct 29th-

Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commemor-

ating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Jan 11th-

17th 2015

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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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Nov 23rd - 29th 2014

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

Santell Gallery Thumb.jpg (225443 bytes)

Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Oct 4th 2013

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

OF CARLTON'S

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN FEATURES

Antique 

street fair big fat zero..then I walked by a pool hall…

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SOLD FOR

$1,600.00

ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


Best bicycle

stein you'll ever see!

High Wheel Stein Stitch.jpg (36595 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 28th-

May 4th 2013

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LATEST FEATURE

c1920

HURDLER

STATUE

By Chiparus

Hurdler Installed Side Close.JPG (174422 bytes)

19" tall

Once owned 

by former

BASEBALL

COMMISIONER

PETER

UEBERROTH

Plus Bonus

160

PHOTOS

OF THE

4/14/13

ROSE

BOWL

FLEA

MARKET

RoseBowl2.jpg (113106 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

March 23rd-

30th 2013

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C1930 15" tall

- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

Auctions.com 

Feb. 2013

kedsmaroon3-flipped.jpg (52248 bytes)

Keds Crop.JPG (48057 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Feb 24th-

March 2nd 2013

c1892

SPALDING'S

FOOT-BALL

WOODEN

SHIPPING

CRATE

Yellow Crop.jpg (285906 bytes)

Carlton Got

OUTBID

Read all 

about it

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A SPECIAL CARLTON

EXCURSION

FEATURE

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Sports

Antiques

.com
Visits The Top Bottle Show in The Country

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THE 

NATIONAL CONVENTION 

of the
F.O.H.B.C.
FEDERATION OF 
HISTORICAL BOTTLE COLLECTORS

EXPO 

2012

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JockeyClubRB Crop.jpg (70810 bytes)

 July 27-29th 2012, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno NV. 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Nov. 25th-

Dec. 1st

2012

Western Union Crop.jpg (83024 bytes)

Eugene V Baker Telegram.jpg (316904 bytes)

Eugene Baker Sig Close Crop.jpg (104026 bytes)

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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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

November

11th- 17th

2012

Full View Table.jpg (41509 bytes)

C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

Sports_Table_Top_Austrian.Maroon CRP.jpg (773520 bytes)

Greatest Multi

Sport Table Extant

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 28th 

- Nov. 3rd

2012

RahRhaFBTobacPouch.jpg (58879 bytes)

C1890
RAH RAH TOBACCO POUCH 
Best football themed tobacco pouch ever produced 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept. 30th 

- Oct 6th

2012

CanoeSideWays.JPG (16343 bytes)

c1921

SILVER

PLATE CANOEING TROPHY

by 

Derby Silver Co.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Feb. 26th 

- Mar. 4th

2011

3FullR_635x816.jpg (84747 bytes)

c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

By

Tiffany & Co.

 Only known 

 example 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

FEB. 

12TH- 19TH 2011

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

PICT9809_1200x900.jpg (189719 bytes)

 ANOTHER

CARLTON

ROAD TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MRKT
FEB 13TH 2011
PASADENA ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June26th 

- July 2nd

2010

CarltonWith3Signs.jpg (225642 bytes)

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

ROSE 

BOWL

FLEA

MRKT.

PASADENA 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

THREE

PART SERIES

Sept. 25th 

- Oct 15th

2010

PICT7378_900x1200.jpg (89449 bytes)

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

PORTLAND

EXPO 

ANTIQUES

SHOW

July 9- 11 2010

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book review

NEW!!

Antique Sports Uniforms & Equipment.jpg (275950 bytes)

ANTIQUE SPORTS UNIFORMS 

& EQUIPMENT 1840-1940 

Baseball Football Basketball

by Dan Hauser, Ed Turner, 

John Gennantonio

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

December

20th- 26th

2009

botleft.jpg (42337 bytes)

C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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Circa 1876  BASEBALL CLOCK STORY

medium muller clock.jpg (141435 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

click here to read this story

One of the authors 

favorites!

READ ABOUT THE WORLD'S FINEST BASEBALL CLOCK

Previously published in 

VCBC Magazine

 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 18th-14th

2009

RedLeftClose.JPG (855308 bytes)

c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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  STORY

JOE LOUIS 

ARMY RECRUITMENT POSTER STORY

Joe Louis Recrutiment poster.JPG (69675 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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 READ THE INTEREST. BACKGROUND OF 

THIS RARE POSTER

Previously published in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH

22nd- 28th 

2009

PowerboatCrop.jpg (27418 bytes)

c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

Yale match safe lelands.jpg (91020 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO 

TO ENLARGE

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SEE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCH 

SAFE EVER PRODUCED

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

1FrontCropcCMP60.jpg (436867 bytes)

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

whole team.JPG (76942 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE ON A CLASSIC EARLY FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

APRIL

19th- 25th 

2009

BowlingChairBack.jpg (33206 bytes)

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

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY 

3rd- 9th

2009

JoeMartyCrop.jpg (27625 bytes)

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

Best High Wheeler.JPG (85141 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

TO SEE A RARE EXAMPLE  OF AN 

EARLY HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE FIGURAL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

10th- 16th 

2009

bbglass.jpg (21613 bytes)

C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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CARLTON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF GETTING 

Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

front cover joe d 2.JPG (89209 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors 

favorites!

MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Previously published in 

Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

24th- 30th 

2009

ABSprecklesGal.JPG (20374 bytes)

c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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c 1896 

PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader

Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

close in front panel.JPG (94231 bytes) CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors favorites!

GREATEST FOOTBALL BOX EVER MADE 

19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

Estes in case.JPG (84750 bytes) 

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

READ THIS TALE OF HOW THE ESTES BAT WAS FINALLY

ACQUIRED 12 YEARS  AFTER LOSING IT!

Previously publish.

in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

c 1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader

Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

kayser Sohn front close in.JPG (97340 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE

Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

John L Sullivan poster Lelands.jpg (66443 bytes)  

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST BOXING ADVERTISING

POSTERS EVER

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May

16th-22nd 2010

StaggPhotoMaroon.gif (279777 bytes)

14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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BuntingGreen.jpg (4900 bytes)

READ ALL THE

NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION STORIES

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i2004i


i2005i


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i2006i


07IXCentSBCrop.jpg (171718 bytes)

i2007i

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BGFryCook - RedWhite_1201x695.jpg (131172 bytes)

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

2008 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

ROSEMONT

ILLINOIS

Wed. July 31 to Sunday Aug. 3 2008

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

4 PAGES 

16,090

WORDS

601

PHOTOS

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

ClevelandPennantCutout.jpg (179189 bytes)

2009 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

STORY IS POSTED

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PAGES


24 STORY

PAGES


15 PHOTO

PAGES

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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NATIONAL

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Secret Boat Works G2.jpg (625747 bytes)

17 1/4" x 14 1/4" framed

C1910 PHOTOGRAPH OF EARLY SPEED BOAT BUILDER   

GEORGE MISKIN'S 

SECRET BOAT WORKS

FEATURING THE "102" 

 

20200212_230035 (Copy).jpg (595423 bytes)

Secret Boat Works staff proud of their product

 

The Secret Boat Works

by Carlton Hendricks

 

Antique speed boat photos seem to come in one of three types...The most common would be the far off shot in the water where you can't get a good look at the details of the boat...Then there's the head shot kind where the boat is docked and the people in the boat are the main subject...where typically you can only see a few details of the boat...The most rare is this full length type where the boat is the main subject and the details can be studied...So if you can find a photo like that from the horse and wagon era you've really got something....

 

 

re 1920 powerboat racing has...over the last couple years...become one of my favorite areas of sports antiques...However it is one of the toughest to find...So this was a remarkable eBay pick-up...On the surface it might not seem too special but let's take a closer look...To begin with, what do you see in this photograph?...Answer: An old building with people standing around a boat...an old archaic scene of a boat works...likely with the staff...If we weren't featuring it you might briefly look it over and forget about it...Moreover from what I gathered Secret Boat Works was never a big name in early powerboat racing. Although it did enjoy some notoriety locally around Bay City Michigan where the photo was  taken, and did get some small write-ups in national boating journals as we will shortly see. Yes I did say powerboat racing...The boat they're standing around is likely a speed boat model built for competition. Though I could not find a specific reference to the "102" boat in this photo, I did find reference confirming George Miskin actively built speed boats...If I had to speculate I would say the boat in this photo was likely a project the company had been working on and were proud of. Proud enough to emblazon the Miskin name in huge letters on the cowl...In a little bit we'll read about some drama revolving around George Miskin and another boat builder Charlie Trudell over the use of the name "Secret"...Which may have had something to do with that huge name on the cowl.

 

 

Antique speed boat photos seem to come in one of three types...The most common would be the far off shot in the water where you can't get a good look at the details of the boat...Then there's the head shot kind where the boat is docked and the people in the boat are the main subject...where typically you can only see a few details of the boat...The most rare is this full length type where the boat is the main subject and the details can be studied...So if you can find a photo like that from the horse and wagon era you've really got something....

 

 

As mentioned, George Miskin and his Secret Boat Works wasn't a big name...That could have been due to various factors...Maybe he was already up in age when he got into the speed boat game...or perhaps it was a lack of funds...Chris-Craft, started about the same time as Secret. They lucked out when principle Chris Smith got a pu$h start from the notorious politician, horse race gambler, and vaudeville promoter Jack Ryan....and after that partnership floundered because Chris Smith couldn't pay his debts to Ryan....Industrialist Gar Wood stepped in and kept him afloat...The Smith-Ryan concern of Algonac  Michigan, later to be re-christened "Chris-Craft", was only 129 miles from the Secret Boat Works. The other weighty name in pleasure boats, Hacker-Craft, was even closer, 115 miles...located on the opposite side of Lake St. Clare Michagan from Chris-Craft. So as you can see the Great Lakes region of Michigan was a breeding ground for early speed boat startups.

 

 

Before we get into George Miskin and the Secret boat works lets look at what else was happening with the gasoline powered engine c1910. When you do it's almost entertaining to observe mans competitive nature and eagerness to be "the fastest". I have the vantage of collecting motorcycle, auto, and powerboat racing the same 1910 era as this photo. By that I can tell you the same thing was happening across the board...Everyone was starting to understand the possibilities and potential the gasoline engine had on going fast in automobiles, motorcycles...and boats. A lot of tinkering and tweaking was going on everywhere as motor driven vehicles evolved...not only in the United States but the whole world...particularly western Europe. The Europeans caught hold of the fever as much if not more than the Americans.

 

Now about the Secret Boat Works principle Mr. George Miskin...I wasn't able to lean much about him on my own so I enlisted the help of the Bay City Historical Society...Even they were a bit limited in what they found. One thing I was hoping for was a photo of him so I could I.D. him in my photo...to no avail...they couldn't locate one....So I did what I could and just started making up my own names...see the collage below I made in jest.

 

 

Close Cropped Group.PNG (649840 bytes)

 

 

Alright back to a serious look into this photo...The Bay City Historical performed a formal research and brought some interesting tid-bits...They sent a street map of neighborhood of George's home at...

 

 

 

EVERYTHING BELOW MISHMASH NOTES THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE USED - NOT YET PUBLISHED

 

Speaking of other boat builders let's take a quick look at the c1910 speed boat building business. My vantage

 

Chris-Craft Boats and Hacker Boats are the most well known of the early speed boat builders. 

 

and what was its significance...That was my question when I first saw it...Now who the people were, is locked in time...however I was however, able to uncover some of the history of George Miskin and his Secret Boat Works...Some, not all...actually what I did learn may leave you with more curiosity than before you read this piece.

 

As a collector of sports display antiques, until recently I was not a big photo collector. However I've grown to be a fan...But I prefer large images...by larger I mean about 8" x 10"  at least. Or as in this case, if not large, then especially interesting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's take a close look now at this photo and the Secret Boat Works named on the building...I was able to dig up some interesting things on the internet but not enough to suffice so I called in the Bay City MI Historical Society...I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the exorbitant fees they charged for research...$5.00 per hour...

 

So...we have three sources of information about this photo...1. what we can see in the photo face value...and 2. what has been recorded about George Miskin and his boat building enterprise by newspapers and journals. And 3. the Bay City MI Historical Society. Let's look at the photo first...

 

1. We see a boat...

2. We see a group of people standing around the boat...

3. We see a worn building with a large sign for the Secret Boat Works.

 

We'll never know the names of the people for sure and exactly why they are there but let's speculate...First of all we must ask...why was this photo taken...Was it for advertising purposes for the Secret Boat Works?...Was it for George Miskin's personal use?...Was it specifically to advertise the boat in the photo?...On the one hand everyone in the photo appears to be in their Sunday go to church clothes...The clothes they are wearing aren't what you wear to build boats...So I think we can rule out it was taken at random...On the other hand if it was for advertising you'd think they would want to paint that building first...

 

My best guess would be it was intended as nothing more or less than to mark the completion of the boat...Because considerable effort had gone into it's design and fabrication....and the completion merited celebration. They are probably employees...and owner George Miskin probably told everyone to dress up for the momentous occasion, for a photograph...Speaking of Mr. Miskin...I would take a stab at the gentleman in the center as being him...That is fifth from left, with the wheel in front of him...just seems to have the intensity in his facial expression...And speaking of that wheel...The archaic style used by horse drawn wagons was one of the first things I noticed...It reminded me of the wheels on the late 19th century cast iron rowing toys. 

 

Every one of the faces in the photo would have a story...but we can only speculate at this point. Below some satirical speculations:

 

 

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POWERBOAT SPEED PRINCIPLES

 

Brad on YouTube explains Hull Speed

 

By writing this feature I learned a little about marine technology...What I found out was there is a principle called "Hull Speed". According to the Hull Speed principle, the element of "drag", i.e. the resistance of water against the hull of a boat moving forward, will limit the speed the boat can obtain. That's no surprise...simple logic...But what I didn't know is the resistance is so great . t

 

And speaking of that cowl...that would be an early example of drag coefficiency disbursement...A sign they were looking to shave seconds off the clock...Later I'll be showing you statements they made that  show speed was paramount to them...Mind you now...when I say "speed"...this photo is so early in the genesis of the sport, we're talking bragging about 30 MPH...Which would be a laugh chat the hull speed of any motor driven/motor propelled boat can't be inSpirit of Australia W Warby T.jpg (45931 bytes)creased without a motor strong enough to lift the hull, the front of the boat, out of the water so that the boat is propelled over the water as opposed to driving thru the water. In other words hydroplaning...Boats from the period of the boat in this photo, c1910 were very limited in speed because boat motors had not yet been developed that were powerful enough to obtain hull lift. So generally speaking...boat builders from the era of this c1910 boat were still in the learning stage. Which implies we are examining a boat from the very beginning of powerboat racing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On instagram I met a gentlman named Anthony G. Moore who builds new classic c1920 style wooden boats. I sent him a request to examine the photo and tell me what he could...Below our exchange:

 

d...... that early powerboat designers were up against....which could not be broken until motors powerful enough lift the hull out of the water thereby reducing the drag

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:46 PM, Carlton Hendricks wrote:
Hi Anthony…The attached shots are high resolution and should give you good clear visual of the boat…I also attached another boat George Miskin made, the General, just as an FYI….I’m doing a feature story on the photo for my site and would very much appreciate any insight you would have…as I’m a novice…to me it looks like it’s made for speed because of the low profile…

The photo was taken in Bay City MI pretty sure…
Kindly -carlton
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From: Anthony Moore
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2020 5:04 AM
To: Carlton Hendricks
Subject: Re: Secret Boat Works Photo

Hi Carlton 
Well, after studying the pictures it’s really hard to say what their intent was. It was common to build sleek boats to achieve the highest possible hull speed even if they weren’t going to race. The drag was quite literally a drag. The photos of the boat by the shop don’t seem to include an engine or it’s too low to see. I can’t make out any driveline on the underside either. It’s very possible it was going to be raced but I can’t say for sure. Each region had their own boating culture and style, I’m mostly familiar with the Canadian stuff.

Thanks for passing along the pictures, I wish I could step into them for a minute....

Anthony
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On Monday, February 24, 2020, 4:08 AM, Carlton Hendricks wrote:
Hi Anthony…Thanks s much for looking it over…one question…when you say “The drag was quite literally a drag.”…..what does that mean…I don’t know what a drag is if it’s part of the boat
Best -carlton
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From: Anthony Moore
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:25 PM
To: Carlton Hendricks
Subject: Re: Secret Boat Works Photo

Well, I just mean that early motorboat design had the hull shapes very much like a canoe to eliminate any and all resistance or drag
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DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
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