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Friday, October 20, 2017

To the Winners!

I'm disappointed that the Cubs are not going to the World Series this year.  Honestly though, I'm not even sure they were the best team in at NLDS.  They were for sure not the best team in the NLCS.  The Dodgers outplayed the Cubs in probably every facet of the game.  So to their fans I say congratulations.  It hasn't been 70 years but it has been a long time since you've seen your team in the Fall Classic.  I don't have any memorablia from 1988 but I do have a couple of pieces from 1965.  

Is this a great cover or what?!! 
 It was created by 5 time Pulitzer Award nominee Karl Hubenthal

Here are a few highlights from inside:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It Started With Pigeons Part 2

Yes, the thing that started with pigeons is a postcard collection.  For a while this was the only one.  I bought it, again for my wife, about four or five years ago. It has just about everything I like about old postcards.  It's 100 years old, it features a cool image, in this case a known cityscape.  There's a cool note on the back with an address.  It's stamped and dated.  That being said it was another couple of years til I bought any more.

Philadelphians can please correct me but I think that's City Hall on the right.  Is  Wanamakers the tall building on the left?  There's a sign advertising Lit Brothers on the top of the building to the foreground left.  Anyone know what the building is/was?  Check out the awesome lamps on the plaza.  It must have looked cool at night.
This is worth reading.  I love it when the sender is referencing the image.
I believe this is about the same spot as the foreground in the postcard and that would be City Hall on the right.  

Here's the street  in Lincoln, Nebraska the postcard was sent to.

 If this is the correct address these townhouses(?) were not here in 1917.

Next time the story of this collection continues.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It Started With Pigeons

I took  these two pictures back in the mid 1970's in Chicago.
I married a woman who likes pigeons.  These two are made of Zinc.  I found them in a cool store in Libertyville, IL when I was dating my wife to be back in the early 2000's.  They were a gift to her.  
We're both Mo Willems fans.
These two were gifts to my wife a few years apart.  She felt the one on the left needed a companion.  I know they're just plushes but I think think the one on the left is female and the right is her mate.

This post isn't really about collecting pigeons.  Pigeons were the inspiration to the first step toward a collection of mine that's been growing this past year or so.  I won't ask you to guess what it is.  Stay tuned.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Battle of the Sexes

The Emma Stone, Steve Carrell film, Battle of the Sexes opens today.  Here's a trailer:

I was a teen in 1973 and a tennis fan.  I learned to play on these cement courts in Chicago.  The only change to the courts is that they weren't colored back then.  I'm pretty sure the fencing and gates are unchanged.  Many years later I played here with my wife.  In fact my parents took me to this park when I was a baby and we used to feed bread to the ducks here when I was a child.    But I digress.

I can't say exactly when I bought this book but it was probably around the time of the match.  It was released after Riggs beat Margaret Court but before the Billie Jean King match.

I suppose I watched the Riggs-Court match but I definitely remember watching the Battle of the Sexes.
Riggs vs Court

King vs Riggs

I picked up these two autographed 8"x10"s  maybe five years ago or so.   Can't recall what I paid but it couldn't have been too much.  Probably a good time to sell but I'm holding on to them.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fan Pack Fun 2017 -- Houston Astros

It wasn't long ago when the Houston Astros were losing 100 games every year.  It wasn't even long ago that they were a National League team.  This year they have a good chance to win 100 games.

Here's the fan pack I received from the team in June.  As is my way I just opened it a few minutes ago.

It's always fun to open your mailbox and see the logo of a baseball team.

Pocket schedule featuring Dallas Keuchel

4" sticker - I love the classic logo.

4" x 6" Postcard of an excited George Springer

Good luck Astros.  Here's something.  If the Astros win the AL Pennant they could end up facing the Cubs.  I assume that would make them the only team other than the Yankees to have faced two different teams from the same city in World Series play.  Also the only team to win both AL and NL Pennants. Tell me if I'm wrong.

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