Friday, January 09, 2009

The Shape Of The Ball

My attempts to catalogue Uncle F's postcard collection takes me to a postcard which dates back to 1910. It shows the Longtown Eskdale Football Club along with their trophies. At first I assumed that it was a soccer club - there are eleven players after all - but on closer examination the shape of the ball seems to suggest a rugby football team. The only other reference to the postcard I can find is in a listing in the National Archives, but there it is simply listed as "Longtown Eskdale Football Club And Trophies Outside Bowls Pavilion". So are we talking about round balls, oval balls or weighted balls?

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