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Comments Posted 05.02.10 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Mark Lamster

Dandies at the Ballpark


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What, you ask, did the well-dressed gentleman wear to the ballpark in 1870? The sartorially inclined team outfitter might have turned to the lovely "New York Fashions" lithograph above for inspiration.

Tastes have changed — you won't catch today's big leaguers in baggy flannel — though not that much. The proto-hipster bearing the scarlet letter of the Brooklyn Atlantics (third from left) would fit in nicely in contemporary Williamsburg, what with his slouchy cap, mutton chops, and disaffected expression. The $13,000 this print pulled at auction this week, however, is probably out of range for the typical resident of that neighborhood. Something, anyway, to chew on.
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Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. A contributing editor to Architectural Review, he is currently at work on his third book, a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson. Follow: @marklamster.
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