This is a detail from an ad for A.G. Spalding & Bros. that appeared in Sporting Life on April 10, 1897. I absolutely love 19th century advertising and I've been running across a lot of great ads while looking at the 1897 season. This image of a late 19th century catcher's mask is now one of my all-time favorite pieces of 19th century advertising. It's just fantastic.
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