The Ball Team. Composed mainly of glass workers. Indiana. Aug. 1908. L.W.H. [Lewis Wickes Hine]. (LOC)

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Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer.

The Ball Team. Composed mainly of glass workers. Indiana. Aug. 1908. L.W.H. [Lewis Wicke Hines].

1908 August.

1 photographic print.

Title from NCLC caption card.
Attribution to Hine based on provenance.
In album: Glass factories.
Hine no. 0089.
No city recorded on caption card.
Published in: Baseball Americana : treasures from the Library of Congress / Harry Katz, et al. New York : Smithsonian Books, 2009.

Baseball players
United States--Indiana.

Format: Photographic prints.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

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

Part Of: Photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee (U.S.) 2004667950,

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Call Number: LOT 7478, no. 0089

Alli Warren, Christiane Necker, and 71 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. budderflyman 66 months ago | reply

    Obviously, Ball Mfg in Muncie.

  2. Pineapple Tie 66 months ago | reply

    Wow, so young!

  3. veifh 66 months ago | reply

    What's the gun for? Shoot the ump?!

  4. Cassies grandma 66 months ago | reply

    There are only be about 3 men there over the age of 16 from the looks of it.

  5. Harry Angstrom 66 months ago | reply

    2 of them are smoking pipes! 2 of them seem to be barefoot!

  6. thetallguy747 41 months ago | reply

    Ball Manufacturing of Muncie, Indiana, makers of the iconic Ball jar, used in home canning of fruits and vegetables for well over a century. The Ball brothers located their glass making company there due to the abundance of natural gas below ground, which is used in the glass making process. Since its founding, the factory has recruited workers from the rural areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas presumably because they would work for lower wages. I think that may account for the pipe smoking and gun toting seen in this photo.

    The Ball brothers also put down the cash to start Ball State University in Muncie. Because their sister had been blackballed by an Ivy League sorority back east, one of their conditions of founding was that there be no national sororities affiliated with the campus, a policy which still stands.

  7. royalviking04 23 months ago | reply

    Photography, like anything, is about more than one thing. I most appreciate its singular ability to capture moments in time. To think, these boys, way back in 1908, gathered together for this group portrait. Then, once the shutter was squeezed off, they went back about their business, knowing neither what awaited them in life nor that the captive moment would be revisited countless times in the future.

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