‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||La Presse Sports Photos
|Size||10″ x 16″
|Number in Set
1928-33 La Presse Sports Photos Overview
The La Presse newspaper, a Montreal-based publication, printed a unique series of sports lithographs in the 1920s and 1930s. These premiums (of a sort, anyway) were printed directly into the newspaper and not as separate pictures.
While most of the sports figures printed by the paper are hockey players, other sports were included as well. Chief among them was baseball, boxing, and track and field.
Many baseball players included were from the local Montreal team, which played in the International League. However, other minor league players as well as some major leaguers were featured as well. Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, and Hack Wilson were included among others. There were a few team issues, including the Philadelphia Athletics’ 1930 players, including Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Connie Mack, and Al Simmons – all of whom also were inducted into Cooperstown.
The lithographs are printed in full color with the La Presse name at the top and the athlete’s name and short description at the bottom. Because they are printed on newspaper stock, they are easily damaged and often found in poor condition. If collected, they must be preserved carefully.
These are typically more for the newspaper collector as opposed to the sports collector but some interest in these (particularly by hockey and baseball collectors) is present.