‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Thomas Murphy Football Blotter
|Size||3 7/16″ x 5 13/16″|
|Number in Set
1925 Thomas Murphy Football Blotter Overview
Ink blotters were generally rectangular cards that were popular in the days of fountain pens. They would usually be kept on desks and were used to allow people to wipe off excess ink. To properly absorb the ink, blotters are generally a little thicker and have a different texture than traditional cards.
This blotter was produced by the Thomas D. Murphy Company based in Red Oak, Iowa. That company printed other sports-related blotters as well. The picture features a young football player carrying a ball with a defender in pursuit. The player is unnamed and a caption below it reads, “Now for a touch down.”
These blotters are rare and, to date, I have seen only one using this image. This rarity for this particular one shown here for a Connecticut florist makes sense as it included a calendar and after the month ended, most were likely discarded. As with many blotters, this was possibly a stock image used for other businesses as well.
This particular blotter can be dated to 1925 because of the calendar on it. However, it is possible that other blotters using this image could have been printed distributed in other years.
While not standard trading cards, blotters with sports figures are absolutely collectible. Because they were used to absorb extra ink, you will often find them with ink spots all over them. Ones that haven’t been covered in ink demand a premium.
Blotters were generally an advertisement for a specific product, service, or organization. Along with a picture of a sports figure or team, they usually sought to promote some type of product or business.
1925 Thomas Murphy Football Blotter Checklist
This appears to be a standalone issue not part of a set.