Circa 1943 Indianapolis Clowns Team Real-Photo Postcard

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1087

Item Year: 1943

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Real-photo postcard picturing nineteen members of the Indianapolis Clowns, circa 1943. Seventeen members are pictured in uniform, including Richard King (known as "King Tut"), who is seen kneeling on the far left. Although no year is specified, the uniforms feature a wartime "Health" patch, which was also worn by Major League teams during World War II; thereby dating it to the four-year period 1942-1945. As noted by their name, the Clowns specialized in comedy routines and were a big attraction on the barnstorming circuit. In 1943 the Clowns joined the Negro American League and were competitive through the decade, but after integration, like most Negro League teams, their quality of play declined, but not their reputation for providing laughs. The club continued barnstorming well into the 1960s and were the last Negro League team to disband. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches), which has not been addressed or mailed, displays moderate staining along the left side, as well as a number of moderate creases. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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