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Early-1900s Ted Kennedy Baseball Glove Manufacturing Advertisement Lot of (3)

Lot Number 484

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Proclaiming himself the inventor of the baseball catcher’s mitt, former MLB player turned entrepreneur Ted Kennedy founded a St. Louis based glove factory. Offered are several original ephemera items with: 1.) 7-1/4 x 11” mail-order hand tracing guide (GD); 2.) a cardboard finger form for mitt making (VG) with deference to absent upper corner; and lot highlight 3.) 13-1/2 x 17-1/4” double-sided advertising poster (VG). Detailed description on our website.

Kennedy is cited as the first to patent the catcher’s mitt and proclaim himself "inventor" in the poster section headed “Wise Ones Know”. Other sections of the poster obverse are various mitt models and several promotional blurbs. The poster’s reverse is printed with assorted ads for Kennedy’s other business concern, his mail-order learn at home baseball teaching courses. Some of the more fascinating points are illustrated "spit ball and 29 other curves" section and "curving the ball around a building" illustration. Please note this poster has a 1/2” section of inconsequential paper loss at the mid-point of the left edge, otherwise it is very appealing with clean surfaces, bold text and supple feel.


An unabashed self-promoter, Kennedy also created the hand tracing form which directs customers to “draw your hand on the other side like mine” and includes the statements "tell me how you like a glove or mitt, remember I can use one as good as anyone, I will pick you out a better tool than you could yourself, money back if not satisfied”. Multiple creases, folds and edge tears can not suppress the tremendous display appeal of this fantastic document.


The cardboard mitt form remains solid and bears the pencil notations “top” and “1907”. Also present in a partial paper form section with the written notation “Martin Col”.

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