Shieber: Buy me some peanuts: Elephants playing baseball

From SABR member Tom Shieber at Baseball Researcher on September 18, 2013, with mention of SABR member Paul Lukas:

Back in 2010, as part of his always-entertaining “There’s No Service Like Wire Service” series, Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch posted a link to this photograph of elephants donning baseball gear:


I thought I’d research the photo to see what I could learn.

First, I focused on trying to determine the location of the image. Thankfully, the buildings in the background provided a number of clues.

Beyond the right-most elephant’s rump we see the words “GOLDE” and the phrase “2 PANTS SUITS.” Other signs nearby read “GOLDE CLOTHES.” Using these key words, I found a promising lead in “The Catalogue of Copyright Entries for 1923″ available at Google Books”:


Apparently the Golde Clothes Shop had obtained a copyright on an illustrated sheet (a poster?) that promoted a special offering. This suggested that the building in the background was Golde Clothes Shop in New York, and that the photo was taken sometime around 1923.

Unfortunately, when I researched Golde Clothes Shop, I found that the retail clothier had over two dozen stores across the country in the 1920s. Maybe the photograph wasn’t taken in New York City after all.

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Originally published: September 18, 2013. Last Updated: September 18, 2013.