Crowd watching "playograph" at Herald Building, World Series, 1911 (LOC)

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Crowd watching "playograph" at Herald Building, World Series, 1911

1911 (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows crowd gathered outside the New York Herald newspaper building in New York City to watch a billboard diagram of a baseball game. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009.)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2319-3

lakeline, gennaro_vicenti, sohanley, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. S.S. Forman HMS 87 months ago | reply

    MLB Gameday Circa 1910.

  2. Wystan 87 months ago | reply

    The Herald was an important newspaper that later merged to become the New York Herald-Tribune. The Herald didn't have a patent on this device; a Google search of "Playograph" discovers that they were used by newspapers in numerous towns across the country -- often inside a theater, with an admission charge.

    Here is a football version, called a "Grid Graph," from 1923:

  3. The Library of Congress 86 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the fuller information. We patched the typo in the glass negative caption transcription, too.

  4. ann_arbor_deadhead 67 months ago | reply

    what passed for big screen TV, back in the day!

  5. Mark Sobba 65 months ago | reply

    I love the cops keeping the peace in the photo.

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