Day of Digital Archives 2012

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Nationals.

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Nationals.

October is Archives Month, and this October 12 is the Day of Digital Archives.

Kentucky has chosen a sports theme this year, and since it’s also baseball playoff season, so our Leonard Brecher Tobacco & Chewing Gum Card Collection is an apt digital collection to highlight.

These baseball cards housed in the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville date back about 100 years, when advertising tobacco to young people was not yet considered objectionable, and the Chicago Cubs won games.

Shortstop Joe Tinker (at left) was one-third of the Chicago Cubs double-play lineup memorialized in the 1910 poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” by Franklin Pierce Adams. Images of his teammates Johnny Evers and Frank Chance are also available in the digital collection.

You can read the poem and the feats that inspired it in another digital archive, the Library of Congress’ American Memory website Baseball Cards 1887-1914 collection.

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