Tiny Columbia Park is captured in patriotic splendor with this pair of photos. Hand dated 7/4/1906 these antique images feature a Highlanders (Yankees) vs. Athletics game in front a celebratory Independence Day crowd in the birthplace of our Nation’s independence. Both photos measures 3-1/4 x 3-1/4” with 5-1/4 x 5-1/4” paper backers and present in excellent condition with good gloss, clean surfaces and sharp images. More on our website.
Notations handwritten at bottom on the backing paper below the photos are "New York and Athletics at 29th & Columbia at ball park on July 4th, 1906" and "New York and Athletics at same ball park, attendance 22,500, (Ju)ly 4th, 1906". With an original capacity of just 9,500 (expanded in 1905) Columbia Park was quickly outgrown by the dominant Athletics. Employed for the relatively short duration 1901-1908, this undersized arena was made obsolete as the A’s won two of the first five AL pennants while playing at their “brewery town” location (they would go on to win four more pennants by 1914 at their new home Shibe Park). As Columbia Park had a service lifespan of just eight years, photos and memorabilia from this antique stadium are quite hard to come by. With their high quality of preservation these incredible photographs are true collectible treasures.