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Old 07-08-2016, 03:46 PM
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Dave, no worries at all. I enjoyed reading your post and I learned something new! Very much appreciated!
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:28 PM
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The SF notation on the tag on Spalding cloth item told you the item was made at their San Francisco factory

You may also find a B for Brooklyn and a C for Chicago on others but not all

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Old 07-08-2016, 05:16 PM
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The SF notation on the tag on Spalding cloth item told you the item was made at their San Francisco factory

You may also find a B for Brooklyn and a C for Chicago on others but not all
Huh, ....I've never know that. I've seen the B a lot, and I've also seen an S. How did you discover that Jim?
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:18 PM
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Jim,

Great post. I'm all ears (and I mean that). As I said in my response to your recent email, I have heard that about the SF tags before ....as well as B & C etc. I have never seen anything from the manufacturer or contemporary source to confirm this. I have also always felt, that if you want to be considered as a smart person in any particular area, you have to willing to admit you are not always the smartest person in the room (referring to myself here as not the smartest person in the room).

That being said, what I have always struggled with, from a practical standpoint, is then what does the "S" code mean, and in this same vein, might it then not have been more practical for Spalding to have produced the Dodgers uniforms in Brooklyn (B code vs S) or the Cubs in Chicago (C code vs S).

In addition to this, in looking at other manufacturer fabric sample catalogs (Rawlings, Wilson, Goldsmith), they tend to use a letter designation as it relates to a quality or type of fabric.

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Old 07-08-2016, 05:53 PM
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I have studied a lot of the early catalogs and their order forms which can give you a lot of information. I have also had a bunch of vintage boxed uniforms over the years and saw what was marked on them and also on the uniforms contained in them.

Spalding is really interesting in the Albert had an interest in a lot of other sports equipment manufactures. He was a major stock holder in Reach and at time during the years they made uniforms and other equipment for Spalding.

Like anything it is all part of over 50 years of collecting, buying and selling.


The 1915 number 3 Spalding catalog has a great write up on how to order their uniforms with every different material, sleeve length, and any other stuff you could get from the pro uniforms to baby sizes
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:15 PM
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Not to sterotype but due to the large Asian population in the early 1900's in SF maybe they employed them to do sewing etc. so they made their pro uniforms there. just a hunch

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