March 11, 2008

Eskimos playing baseball

An image in the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery:Image Caption:  Baseball in Alaska

In:  The A.G. Spalding Baseball Collection

Library Division:  Humanities and Social Sciences Library / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

Collection Guide:  "America's National Game": The Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs and Drawings
Comment:  Actually, we don't know exactly what this image is. It could be white men from the ship in the distance playing baseball while dressed like Eskimos. It could be a figment of someone's imagination. But it's fun to think of it as Eskimos playing baseball.

For more on the subject, see Eskimos:  The Ultimate Aborigines.

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