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Lot # 1016 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Two Different 1909 Dedication of Forbes Field Panoramic Postcards

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $593

Pair of magnificent large-format real-photo panoramic postcards, each capturing the dedication of Forbes Field on June 30, 1909. Both postcards (10.875 x 3.375 inches), which were produced by the same photographer, capture the action from the perspective of the center-field bleachers and encompass the entire field, grandstand, and outlying areas. The printed caption along the base of each postcard reads "Dedication of Forbes Field Pittsburg vs Chicago June 30 1909 World's Greatest Baseball Field Copyright 1909 W. F. Schaefer 403 Federal St. N S Pittsburg PA." The first postcard pictures the official dedication. Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and their opponents that day, the Chicago Cubs, can be clearly seen gathered in center field as they take part in the opening-day ceremony. Exceptional clarity and contrast is displayed throughout. The postcard, which has been addressed and mailed, displays light staining along the right border, a few tiny edge tears, and light creasing along the left border. In Very Good condition overall. The second postcard, which also offers exceptional clarity, captures what appears to be pre-game batting practice. A pitcher, batter, and various fielders, a number of whom are standing together talking, are all clearly visible. The postcard, which has not been addressed or mailed, displays a few light edge creases and is in overall Very Good to Excellent condition. Over 30,000 fans turned out for the opening game at Forbes Field, but as noted here, the Pirates were unable to christen their new park with a victory, losing the game 3-2 to the Cubs. Forbes Field was one of the great architectural and engineering marvels of its day, and one of baseball's first great stadiums. Built at a cost of $2 million and constructed out of steel and concrete, the stadium included a number of "novel" features, such as electric lights, telephones, and even maids in the ladies room. Forbes Field and Shibe Park, which also opened in 1909, were the only stadiums at the time with a visitors' dressing room. Forbes Field remained home to the Pirates until 1970 and was torn down one year later. This is an outstanding pair of rare postcards commemorating the birth of one of baseball's most venerable stadiums. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $593

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