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|Title||Great Allentown Fair Baseball Stamps
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1919 Great Allentown Fair Baseball Stamp Overview
These stamps served as an advertisement of sorts for the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A woman is featured in the series.
The baseball stamp in the set is of most importance. The woman sitting in a true is featured prominently on the stamp, the interesting part for collectors is the baseball scene in the background.
Teams appear to be playing in front of an empty or sparse crowd inside of a stadium.
Another similar stamp is in the set with horse racing in the background. A third includes a woman sitting on top of a globe. A fourth features a woman sitting atop luggage waiting for a train.
The date on the stamps reveal the issue as being from 1919. The stamps promoted the fair, which was to last for nearly a week from September 22nd to 27th in that year. The fair is one of the largest in Pennsylvania and has been operating since 1852. It still operates to this day every fall.
The scene on the baseball stamp is somewhat similar to the ‘Everybody’s Rooting For’ trade cards. Those featured a dressed up woman sitting (on a fence instead of in a tree) just outside a stadium with a baseball scene behind her.
1919 Great Allentown Fair Baseball Stamp Checklist
To date, the stamps I have seen include:
- Horse Racing
- Sitting on Globe
- Sitting on Luggage