Circa 1900 Woman's Baseball Team Photo - The Ogontz School for Young Ladies

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1517

Item Year: 1900

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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One would not envision baseball as one of the recreations enjoyed by the students at the prestigious Ogontz School for Young Ladies at the turn of the century, but photos do not lie. Pictured here are thirteen members of the "team" posing together in an outdoor setting. Their "uniforms," consisting of skirts and blouses, bear no lettering, but several of the young woman are holding baseball equipment, including a bat, ball, glove, and cap. The woman seated in the front is wearing a sign hanging from her neck that is lettered "Score-Keeper." The identification of the team is predicated solely upon the vintage pencil inscription written along the top of the mount that reads "Ogantz [sic] School/Aunt Eleanor can tell who they are." The Ogontz School for Young Ladies was in existence for 100 years (1850-1950), with its former campus now part of Penn State University. Photos capturing women's baseball teams from this era are practically nonexistent because few woman played the sport. This is an exceptional example in all respects and one of the finest we have ever offered. The crystal-clear photo (8 x 6 inches) remains in Near Mint condition. The vintage mount 9.75 x 9 inches) displays toning, moderate chips in each corner, and a diagonal crease in the lower left. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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