For this week's theme at Sepia Saturday, "Games," I really had to dig deep. I couldn't find any old pictures featuring games, but I do have these old postcards and one special baseball card. Being a transplant in south Florida I really enjoy the old scenic views. This first one is from my adopted home town, Fort Lauderdale postmarked 1936. These people, winter tourists most likely, were playing shuffleboard at the Lauderdale Arms Apartment. I couldn't find any information on the Lauderdale Arms, I'm sure it is long gone. However, one interesting and sad note is the postmark. For nearly 100 years a Fort Lauderdale postmark has been on all mail posted in Broward County, FL. However, the US Postal Service has recently announced that in an effort to reduce costs they will most likely close the processing center in Fort Lauderdale and all mail will be processed and postmarked out of Miami. It seems like a minor thing, but it is a blow to the identity and historical presence of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
This second postcard, which is probably technically more a sport than a game, is Greyhound Racing at the West Flagler Kennel Club in Miami, FL and postmarked Valentines Day 1942. The back of the card says, "Nightly thousands of fans gather at Miami's most beautiful dog track, the West Flagler Kennel Club, where the Greyhound is King. Steam Heated Grandstand." Not sure what that means and why they would need that in Miami!
Now, where the baseball card comes in - baseball is of course, the all American past-time, the game of games. This card which was put out in 1992 is a republication of a 1925 card for Jack Warner of the Detroit Tigers. It's relevance to me and my family is that Jack Warner was married to my maternal grandmother's aunt which would make him I guess my great grand uncle. His full name was John Ralph Warner, he was born on 29 Aug 1903 in Evansville, IN and died 13 Mar 1986 in Mt. Vernon, IL, my hometown, where he is also buried. After his career as a baseball player was over, Jack became a baseball scout for the Chicago Cubs and later a coach for the Los Angeles Angels. If you would like to read more about him you can check out this post on my other blog Teresa's Tangled Roots or see Wikipedia.
|Great Grand Uncle John Ralph Warner|
|Jack Warner Stats|
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