‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||R.F. Outcault / J. Ottmann Postcards
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
1905 R.F. Outcault / J. Ottmann Overview
This postcard series featured a variety of sports and non-sports subjects. The cartoon artwork for the postcards was developed by R.F. Outcault and they were published by the J. Ottmann Lithographic Company based in New York. All of the postcards in the set have the artist signature of RF Outcault.
Outcault produced the artwork for numerous non-sports (primarily comical) issues in addition this set. He also worked with Ottmann in the production of other postcard series’.
While most of the postcards feature non-sports subjects, a few sports postcards are included. Two of the postcards feature cartoon depictions of both Harvard and Yale football players. One focuses on Harvard and is titled, “You’re Always Kicking.” It presents a gory image of a Harvard punter trying to kick the ball away with his leg flying off as a Yale defender rushes for the ball on the ground. The Yale postcard features a Yale kicker punting the ball away to an unsuspecting Yale player, hitting him in the chest. That one is titled, “I Hope You’re on for the Ball.”
The two issues are obviously part of the same series as they have a similar layout and each has a respective school pennant in the upper left corner. Neither are numbered and the backs do not indicate the name of a series. Harvard and Yale were often popular subjects for early football issues. The sport was still growing and the rivalry between those two schools was a focal point for postcard sets.
In addition to the football postcards, at least two baseball postcards are in the set. One features a runner headed for home plate with the catcher ready to receive a baseball. This postcard includes the caption ‘I expect to be home soon.’ A second features a pitcher with an errant throw towards a batter, striking him in the face. That caption is ‘I hear you made a great hit.’
In addition to the two baseball and two football postcards, other sports such as golf and billiards are also included in the set.
1905 R.F. Outcault / J. Ottmann Postcards Checklist
Below are the sports postcards in the series.
- Baseball Scene (I expect to be home soon)
- Baseball Scene (I hear you made a great hit)
- Harvard Football
- Yale Football