Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mini Pennant c. 1950s

I just picked up this cute little pennant on eBay. It's smaller than the 1936-37 Red Ball Gum pennant we looked at a couple years ago. And unlike that other pennant, it eschews graphics altogether in favor of steeply-angled text trailing down to a point: "MILWAUKEE BREWERS" in gold piant on dark brown felt.

At 2⅞ by 1⅞, this is a very tiny souvenir of a bygone age.

We can date this to the American Association Brewers (as opposed to the later American League incarnation) by other exemplars from American Association clubs. I have photos of similar pennants for the Louisville Colonels (in burgandy), the Minneapolis Millers (navy) and St. Paul Saints (green).

Beyond that, I don't have any information on this pennant. I'm presuming that it was a premium, but for what? Baseball cards? Cigarettes? Anybody know?

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