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Enormous 1915-1952 Fenway Park/Braves Field Trolley Sign
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800
During the age when trolley cars were ferrying people around Boston, this large-roll banner sign was used to announce the next scheduled stop. The appeal for baseball fans, of course, are the two stops labeled "Fenway Park" and "Braves Field." The roll, which measures fourteen feet in length and five feet in width, is constructed of black canvas-like material, and is rolled along two metal rods. When it was originally mounted at the top of the trolley car, turning the rod would move the banner upward or downward to display the next destination. Many other Boston locations are listed on the banner, including Boston College and Watertown. The display appeal of this piece is all the greater in that both the Fenway Park and Braves Field locations are next to each other. As such, the entire roll does not have to be unfurled for display. This is one of only two such Boston trolley signs we have seen, making it a rare piece celebrating the days when Boston played host to two major league teams. Though we can only with certainty date it to 1915 to 1952, it is safe to say that this sign actually saw "game use" over many seasons. Below is a link to images showing trolley cars displaying the Braves Field stop sign, and additional research will no doubt uncover many other images showing this trolly sign in use: Click Here To See Images. The roll displays heavy wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a number of edge tears and soiling. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,800
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