SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 29th-

May 6th 2017

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8 5/8" tall

5 1/8" wide

-1868-

HANDBILL BROADSIDE
Advertising

Beadle's

Dime 
Baseball Player 
Publication

Sold on ebay $623.00

Printed 

on Paper


SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 9th - 15th 2015

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35" x 24"

NOTICE

3/26/17

 

This feature

has been updated

Owner of 

painting has been located

see owners corres-

pondence at bottom of feature


1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


Illustrated for May 1902 Harpers Weekly Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Nov 26th-

Dec 3rd 2016

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- QUESTION -

WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
Announcing Opening  Abner S. Brady's 
WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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A TEN DAY

EXCURSION

FEATURE

CARLTON'S

EPIC

MAY 2001

BRIMFIELD

ANTIQUES FAIR STORY

16 STORY PAGES

33 PHOTO PAGES

49

PAGES TOTAL

1000

BRIMFIELD

PHOTOS

PLUS SEE

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct 29th-

Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commemor-

ating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Jan 11th-

17th 2015

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
Of Greater Birmingham City League

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Nov 23rd - 29th 2014

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

Santell Gallery Thumb.jpg (225443 bytes)

Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Oct 4th 2013

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

OF CARLTON'S

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN FEATURES

Antique 

street fair big fat zero..then I walked by a pool hall…

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SOLD FOR

$1,600.00

ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


Best bicycle

stein you'll ever see!

High Wheel Stein Stitch.jpg (36595 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 28th-

May 4th 2013

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c1920

HURDLER

STATUE

By Chiparus

Hurdler Installed Side Close.JPG (174422 bytes)

19" tall

Once owned 

by former

BASEBALL

COMMISIONER

PETER

UEBERROTH

Plus Bonus

160

PHOTOS

OF THE

4/14/13

ROSE

BOWL

FLEA

MARKET

RoseBowl2.jpg (113106 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

March 23rd-

30th 2013

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C1930 15" tall

- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

Auctions.com 

Feb. 2013

kedsmaroon3-flipped.jpg (52248 bytes)

Keds Crop.JPG (48057 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Feb 24th-

March 2nd 2013

c1892

SPALDING'S

FOOT-BALL

WOODEN

SHIPPING

CRATE

Yellow Crop.jpg (285906 bytes)

Carlton Got

OUTBID

Read all 

about it

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A SPECIAL CARLTON

EXCURSION

FEATURE

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Sports

Antiques

.com
Visits The Top Bottle Show in The Country

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THE 

NATIONAL CONVENTION 

of the
F.O.H.B.C.
FEDERATION OF 
HISTORICAL BOTTLE COLLECTORS

EXPO 

2012

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JockeyClubRB Crop.jpg (70810 bytes)

 July 27-29th 2012, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno NV. 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Nov. 25th-

Dec. 1st

2012

Western Union Crop.jpg (83024 bytes)

Eugene V Baker Telegram.jpg (316904 bytes)

Eugene Baker Sig Close Crop.jpg (104026 bytes)

June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

famed Yale

foot ball

pioneer

Eugene V. 

Baker

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

November

11th- 17th

2012

Full View Table.jpg (41509 bytes)

C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

Sports_Table_Top_Austrian.Maroon CRP.jpg (773520 bytes)

Greatest Multi

Sport Table Extant

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 28th 

- Nov. 3rd

2012

RahRhaFBTobacPouch.jpg (58879 bytes)

C1890
RAH RAH TOBACCO POUCH 
Best football themed tobacco pouch ever produced 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept. 30th 

- Oct 6th

2012

CanoeSideWays.JPG (16343 bytes)

c1921

SILVER

PLATE CANOEING TROPHY

by 

Derby Silver Co.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Feb. 26th 

- Mar. 4th

2011

3FullR_635x816.jpg (84747 bytes)

c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

By

Tiffany & Co.

 Only known 

 example 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

FEB. 

12TH- 19TH 2011

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

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 ANOTHER

CARLTON

ROAD TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MRKT
FEB 13TH 2011
PASADENA ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June26th 

- July 2nd

2010

CarltonWith3Signs.jpg (225642 bytes)

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

ROSE 

BOWL

FLEA

MRKT.

PASADENA 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

THREE

PART SERIES

Sept. 25th 

- Oct 15th

2010

PICT7378_900x1200.jpg (89449 bytes)

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

PORTLAND

EXPO 

ANTIQUES

SHOW

July 9- 11 2010

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Antique Sports Uniforms & Equipment.jpg (275950 bytes)

ANTIQUE SPORTS UNIFORMS 

& EQUIPMENT 1840-1940 

Baseball Football Basketball

by Dan Hauser, Ed Turner, 

John Gennantonio

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

December

20th- 26th

2009

botleft.jpg (42337 bytes)

C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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Circa 1876  BASEBALL CLOCK STORY

medium muller clock.jpg (141435 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

click here to read this story

One of the authors 

favorites!

READ ABOUT THE WORLD'S FINEST BASEBALL CLOCK

Previously published in 

VCBC Magazine

 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 18th-14th

2009

RedLeftClose.JPG (855308 bytes)

c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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  STORY

JOE LOUIS 

ARMY RECRUITMENT POSTER STORY

Joe Louis Recrutiment poster.JPG (69675 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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 READ THE INTEREST. BACKGROUND OF 

THIS RARE POSTER

Previously published in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH

22nd- 28th 

2009

PowerboatCrop.jpg (27418 bytes)

c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

Yale match safe lelands.jpg (91020 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO 

TO ENLARGE

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SEE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCH 

SAFE EVER PRODUCED

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

1FrontCropcCMP60.jpg (436867 bytes)

c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO STORY

whole team.JPG (76942 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE ON A CLASSIC EARLY FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

APRIL

19th- 25th 

2009

BowlingChairBack.jpg (33206 bytes)

c1910 
MISSION OAK STYLE 
ROCKING CHAIR WITH
BOWLING SCENE
39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY 

3rd- 9th

2009

JoeMartyCrop.jpg (27625 bytes)

C1940's 
JOE MARTY'S 
BAR AND 

GRILL

NEON BASEBALL SIGN
7 Ft wide 

4 1/2 Ft. tall

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Circa 1890

HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

Best High Wheeler.JPG (85141 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

TO SEE A RARE EXAMPLE  OF AN 

EARLY HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE FIGURAL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

10th- 16th 

2009

bbglass.jpg (21613 bytes)

C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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CARLTON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF GETTING 

Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

front cover joe d 2.JPG (89209 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors 

favorites!

MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Previously published in 

Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

24th- 30th 

2009

ABSprecklesGal.JPG (20374 bytes)

c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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c 1896 

PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader

Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

close in front panel.JPG (94231 bytes) CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

GREATEST FOOTBALL BOX EVER MADE 

19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

Estes in case.JPG (84750 bytes) 

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

READ THIS TALE OF HOW THE ESTES BAT WAS FINALLY

ACQUIRED 12 YEARS  AFTER LOSING IT!

Previously publish.

in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine

c 1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader

Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

kayser Sohn front close in.JPG (97340 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE

Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

John L Sullivan poster Lelands.jpg (66443 bytes)  

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST BOXING ADVERTISING

POSTERS EVER

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May

16th-22nd 2010

StaggPhotoMaroon.gif (279777 bytes)

14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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BuntingGreen.jpg (4900 bytes)

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NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION STORIES

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07IXCentSBCrop.jpg (171718 bytes)

i2007i

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BGFryCook - RedWhite_1201x695.jpg (131172 bytes)

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

2008 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

ROSEMONT

ILLINOIS

Wed. July 31 to Sunday Aug. 3 2008

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

4 PAGES 

16,090

WORDS

601

PHOTOS

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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2009 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

STORY IS POSTED

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PAGES


24 STORY

PAGES


15 PHOTO

PAGES

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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SPORTS

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8 1/4" tall x 8 1/2" wide, Silver Plated, made by Pairpoint

 

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- TWO PAGE FEATURE  -

Page 1 

The Short Exciting Life of Louis Torres 

Page 2 

The Short Exciting Life of

The Flying Merkel

 

Every sport had an embryonic period that evolved to resemble the sport as we know it. After the initial touch and go when they're just seeing what works and what doesn't, the essential form takes shape...Though primitive in terms of what it evolves into, it serves as the basic starting point model. At about that time rules are coded and governing bodies begin to form...This weeks feature on a c1912 Flying Merkel motorcycle race trophy is from that starting point period in motorcycle racing...

 

Short American Motorcycle History

As we continue looking into this trophy's history, let's put it's time frame into perspective. To do that we'll take  a cursory look at the beginnings of the motorcycle in America. To give you a feel for the industry, below is a list of most of the American motorcycle makers at the turn of the 19th century: 

 

- Indian 1901-1953 Springfield MA.

- Harley Davidson 1903-2019 Milwaukee, WI

- The Flying Merkel 1902-1917 Middletown OH

- Henderson 1912-1931 Detroit MI

- Iver Johnson 1907-1915 Fitchburg, MA

- Cleveland 1902-1929 Cleveland OH

- Waltham Orient 1899-1907 Waltham MA

- Marsh-Metz 1908-1913 Brockton, MA

- Pierce Four 1909-1914 Buffalo NY

- Pope 1902-1918 Hartford CT

- Sears Dreadnought 1910's Chicago Il

- Cyclone 1912-1917 St. Paul MN

- Thor 1901-1907 Aurora IL

- Reading-Standard 1903-1923 Reading PA 

- Wagner 1901–1914 St. Paul MN 

- Columbia 1905-1913 Boston MA

- Curtiss 1903-1925 Hammondsport NY

- Emblem 1909-1918 Angola N.Y.

- Yale 1906-1915 Toledo Ohio

- Schickel 1907-1924, Stamford Ct.

- Haverford Ace 1920-1924 Philadelphia. PA

 

For the sake of time we'll only take a quick look at three, Indian, Harley-Davidson, and Flying Merkel. By the way, just an FYI...there were also European makes like Excelsior, Norton, Triumph, and others that also competed on American tracks during motorcycle racings early days... 

 

Indian

The "Indian" motorcycle, produced in Springfield Massachusetts, was the first bankable, dependable enough, mass produced motorcycle in the United States, starting in 1901. The first year only three were produced...in 1902 they made 143...in 1903, 377 were made...and in 1904, 546 were made...

 

 

 

Harley Davidson

In 1905 twenty four year old William S. Harley and childhood friend Arthur Davidson built the first five Harley Davidson motorcycles in a back yard shed at William's home. That year Carl H. Lang of Chicago became the first Harley Davidson dealership and sold three motorcycles.

 

 

Joseph Frederic Merkel

1872-1958 

Creator of the Flying Merkel Motorcycle

Inducted AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998

 

The Flying Merkel

The sensational Flying Merkel was harder to research than Indian and Harley...as there hasn't been as much written...But I kept digging and managed to come up with some great info...Researcher Michael J. Petrie wrote such a great profile of Joseph Merkel, the founder of the Flying Merkel I post it below...

 

Courtesy Michael J. Petrie:

Joseph Merkel was the founder of Merkel Motorcycles, manufacturer of machines better known as the "Flying Merkel." The Flying Merkel was one of the leading racing and road machines of the 1910s, earning numerous victories in a variety of contests of the day. Joseph Merkel was considered to be one of the finest engineers in U.S. motorcycling. He came up with dozens of innovative designs, many of which were copied by other motorcycle makers. Merkel was born in Manistee, Michigan, in 1872. His father was employed in the logging industry and like many boys of his era, young Joseph went to work at a young age. He worked as an engineer on a logging railroad in 1886 when he was just 14 years old. At 15 Merkel went to work at a machine shop and learned the particulars of making machined parts that were light and durable. The practical mechanical experience gained in machining gave him a desire to learn more. He enrolled at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) to study mechanical engineering. In 1897, Merkel accepted a draftsman position at E.P. Allis Co. (later to become Allis-Chalmers Co.) in Milwaukee. By the turn of the century, Merkel had opened his own business that manufactured bicycle parts. By 1901, Merkel was attaching small motors to bicycles and the Merkel Motorcycle was born. A motor-powered tricycle Merkel had built in 1900 was thought to be one of the first self-propelled vehicles built in Wisconsin. Merkel didn't stop at motorcycles. In 1906, his company built 150 automobiles featuring a powerful 30-horsepower engine. In 1908, Merkel merged his company with the Light Motor Co. and the new Merkel-Light Motor Co. moved activities to Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Flying Merkels were known for having one of the finest rides in all of motorcycling and also as one of the most reliable motorcycles on the road. Merkels were more costly than many motorcycles of the time, but Merkel engines utilized the best German-made bearings and other high-quality materials, which led to excellent reliability. Merkel also helped design a unique front and rear suspension system on his motorcycles. The rear suspension was a mono-shock design that proved to be decades ahead of its time. Yamaha would later make a similar single rear shock design popular again on racing machines of the 1970s and beyond. Even more impressive than the rear suspension was the front fork of the Flying Merkels. The fork was so good (telescopic in principle, using dual coil springs, yet looking like an unsprung trussed fork) that many other manufacturers put Merkel forks on their factory racing machines even through the 1920s, years after Merkel had ceased production. Riders such as board track stars Morty Graves and Fred Whittler, and dirt track racers like Maldwyn Jones and Cleo Pineau, brought fame to the Flying Merkel through racing. Merkel rarely got directly involved in the racing end of his company, leaving that to other employees, but he attended many of races. With few exceptions, Merkel did not field full-fledged factory racing teams, but the company did pay many Merkel racers' expenses through its sales division. Early in 1911, Miami Cycle and Mfg. Co. purchased Merkel-Light and transferred all operations to its Middletown, Ohio headquarters. Merkel came along with his company in the purchase. Merkel stayed with the company he founded until 1914 when he sold his interest in the company. Merkel went on to design and patent the Merkel Motor Wheel, which was later manufactured by Indian Motocycle Co. By the 1920s, Merkel had moved to Rochester, New York, to take over experimental design for the Cyclemotor Corp. Merkel earned a lot of praise from the motorcycling industry in the early 1920s when he convinced the New York legislature to assess lower highway fees on motorcycles since they caused much less wear and tear to the road than automobiles. The Flying Merkel continued on without Merkel at the helm until just before the onset of World War I. After the war, Miami Cycle Mfg., like dozens of other American manufacturers, did not return to the motorcycle business. The Flying Merkel was relegated to the history books. Little is known about Merkel after his stint with Cyclemotor in the early 1920s. He was an avid golfer and secretary of the Genesee Golf Club near Rochester. He was also a prominent booster in the Knights of Columbus and was involved in many charities.

- Michael J. Petrie

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Of All Flying Merkel Racing Stories

So that was a really great find that shed light on the production side....Then in all my dizzying array of research I stumbled onto the mother of all Flying Merkel racing history stories. It was written in 1975 by J. L. Beardsley for the American Motorcyclist Magazine, being the organ of the American Motorcyclist Association...J. L. writes with a command and authority that takes you there...Be sure to pick up your copy...err...I mean be sure to scroll down and read the story.....as I've posted it here for all to read. The story is great because although the focus is on the Flying Merkel...you get a birds eye view of essentially the whole world of motorcycle racing at it's beginning stage....The story hop-scotches the country going from city to city as he recounts the races the Flying Merkel competed in...And it will introduce you to the biggest name racers....

 

CHECK OUT THIS STORY BELOW 

BY J. L. BEARDSLEY

FROM THE JANUARY 1975 EDITION OF

AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST MAGAZINE

This would have to be the 

greatest story ever written on the Flying Merkel

NOTE

Be sure to use the 

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Examination of engraving

Though there is no date on the trophy the engraving has plenty of clues to it's history. First you have the make of the motorcycle, the Flying Merkel...Plus the number #13 assigned the rider, seen at the top of the engraving...then there's the winners name Louis A. Torres...Then you have the track the race was held at "Tampa Bay Track"...and last you have the name of the individual who donated the trophy...a Mr. H. M. Stanford...

 

ENGRAVING ON TROPHY - EXACT VERBATIM

No. 13
"FLYING MERKEL"
10 MILE STOCK RACE
WON BY
LOUIS A. TORRES
TAMPA BAY TRACK
DONATED BY
H.M. STANFORD

 

We've taken a close look at Louis Torres...and the Flying Merkel....Now let's look into Mr. Stanford...Who was he and why is his name on there...Mr. H.M. Stanford was the president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Hotel...In it's day the 511 room Tampa Bay Hotel was among the most opulent resorts in all of Florida. It was built by railroad magnet Henry B. Plant, and operated from 1891 to 1930...And guess what it had?...a race track..

 

The grounds of the Hotel were just as awe-inspiring as the building itself, spanning 150 acres. The amenities included an 18-hole golf course, flower conservatory, tennis courts, a croquet greensward, boathouse, hunting and fishing grounds, stables, racetrack, kennels, exposition hall with Florida products on view, Casino with a 2000-seat auditorium, heated swimming pool, bowling alley, spa facilities and card rooms -- totaling 21 buildings in all. Excerpt plantmuseum.com

 

23 1/4" WIDE X 17 3/8" TALL

c1900 RACE TRACK METAL TROLLEY CAR DESTINATION SIGN

Carlton Hendricks collection

 

From everything I've read H. M. Stanford was the one that made motorcycle racing possible in Tampa by fitting his hotel's horseracing track with banked turns suitable for automobile and motorcycle racing...Guys like Torres and Mariscano provided the daring feats...Stanford provided the venue...H. M. Stanford not only promoted motorcycle racing but also led a civic-minded group of investors to form a corporation called the Tampa Baseball Training Club which brought the Chicago Cubs to Tampa for spring training.

 

Two rare early photos of Tampa Bay Track

 

Now let's take a look into the "Tampa Bay Track"...Initially it was on the grounds of the Tampa Bay Hotel and was used for horseracing. Later a baseball field was constructed there and the Chicago Cubs held winter training there...then later it became part of the Florida State Fairgrounds...The engraving on the trophy states the race for our trophy took place there...Essentially the hotel would have wanted to provide a wide variety of entertainment for their guests...The new phenomena of motorcycle racing would have certainly been a boon to their line up of revelry.

 

 

Out of pure coincidence I happen to work at a hotel similar to the Tampa Bay Hotel ...And I can tell you from thirty one years working there...hotel owners and general managers get pet projects they are very proud of. Based on the newspaper article above it appears motorcycle races was one of manager H. M. Stanford's pet projects...as he seems to taken very active control even down to personally overseeing the track was remolded to meet safety demands.

 

TROPHY RACE TOOK PLACE ON 

RACE TRACK OF TAMPA BAY HOTEL BELOW

Tampa Bay Hotel Pano.jpg (439391 bytes)

 

 

The Flying Merkel had a top speed of about 60MPH during the trophy's 1912 era...Which of course would be laughable for today's motorcycles...But back in the day 60MPH was very exciting...We'll wrap this feature up with a rare look at an actual Flying Merkel in the video below...You'll get a kick out of the ferocious put-put sound of the motor...Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoyed the tour...see you next feature Lord willing...

 

All this talk of the fabulous Flying Merkel...but here

below...watch a real live Flying Merkel in action...

 

 
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Tiffany & Co.

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Jack Kramer

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World Champship.

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RUDOLPH

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A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

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June 6th 2015

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FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
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One of the finest antique sports steins

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American made

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21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

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48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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Silver Plated Made by

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Exceptional 

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

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NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
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11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
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WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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35" x 24"

NOTICE

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1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
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Albert 

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