Grand old sports venues come into view with this collection of (6) antique stadium postcards. From Kenmore Square in Boston to Chicago's West Side, these ancient arenas hosted generations of baseball and football fans for most of the 20th Century and remarkably, two are still in use today. Dating from the 1900s-1910s, these interesting site souvenirs offer period glimpses of fans, players and structures that are fascinating.
Harvard Stadium three-panel panoramic PC depicting a Harvard-Yale football game with the stands split between Harvard fans in crimson on the right and Yale fans in blue on the left, original folds are weakened but intact and several creases are present, but generally this 16-1/2 x 3-1/2" card remains appealing with clean surfaces and nice colors to rate as (GD-VG), built in 1903, this National Historic Landmark continues to host the great tradition of Ivy League football.
Syracuse University's Archbold Stadium (opened in 1907) three-panel panoramic PC, panels are separated with partial tape repair on the left side separation, otherwise very appealing with VG-EX detail, also measures 16-1/2 x 3-1/2", pictured is a football game in progress with partially filled stands, including a great view of a covered grandstand on the right.
(4) Traditional size baseball stadium PCs with: Fenway Park (opened 1912 and still going strong) with Boston Red Sox players "Warming Up" on the field (VG); Chicago's West Side Park (opened 1885, closed 1915) with a full house and players on the field, a clue to the age of this card is detected at home plate, where you can see the origin lies in the era of three umpires officiating games (VG-EX) with writing on the obverse; (2) Detroit: "Entrance to Base Ball Park" showing an early view of the exterior of Navin Field (1912-1937, then Briggs Stadium) with many fans wearing Panama fedora straw hats popularized by President Teddy Roosevelt after his trip to the Panama Canal (EX); and "Navin Field the Home of the Detroit Tigers" interior view with fans in the foreground also topped with Panama straw hats (EX+).