Postcard of James "Cool Papa" Bell Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

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Created by
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, American, founded 1936
Printed by
Curt Teich & Company, 1898 - 1978
Subject of
James "Cool Papa" Bell, American, 1903 - 1991
Signed by
James "Cool Papa" Bell, American, 1903 - 1991
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in. (13.8 x 8.7 cm)
Type
postcards
Place depicted
Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1974
Description
Postcard featuring a photograph of a brass plaque on a yellow background. Handwritten in black ink at the top of the card is "James 'Cool Papa' Bell." The plaque has a depiction of Bell in a baseball uniform. Under the portrait is the text, "JAMES THOMAS BELL / "COOL PAPA" / NEGRO LEAGUES 1922 - 1950." The back of the postcard is unused. Preprinted green text at the top reads: [National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum / Cooperstown, New York / plaque of / James T. (Cool Papa) Bell / Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame 1974 / Baseball Hall of Fame Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues] next to that text at the top is stamp box. Below the stamp box additional green text reads: [Post Card]. There are also two pieces of tape on the far right edge of the back of the postcard.
Topic
African American
Athletes
Baseball
Segregation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Paxton and Rachel Baker
Object number
2012.172.21.3
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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