Your Tax Dollars=Old Baseball Photos

Babe Ruth photo at Comiskey Park This might make you feel a little better about writing that check to the IRS at the beginning of next year. The Library of Congress has posted a huge photo collection on-line…and the copies of the images are for sale.

The Chicago Daily News is no more, but the defunct newspaper’s huge photo files have been scanned and placed on the Library of Congress website.

The pictures date from 1902-1933 and of the 55,000 acquired, many are sports-related including those of some of baseball’s Hall of Famers and less notable players who came through town to play the Cubs and Sox.

By the time the Chicago Daily News ceased publication in 1978, the newspaper had accumulated 355,000 negatives. The glass negatives from the earlier years, about 80,000 and weighing about 10 tons, were donated to the historical society by Field Enterprises in 1960. The images in this online presentation, over 55,000 in number, are copied from the oldest glass plate negatives.

For this project, the oldest negatives were selected because they seemed the most unusual and their long-term survival was most endangered. Original glass plate negatives are especially fragile and more vulnerable than film negatives to damage during handling.

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