[Jamestown, New York: circa 1901].
Unbound. Gelatin silver photograph. Image size 9½" x 7" on thick card. Corners of the mount a little bumped, else fine. A picture of 11 women in baseball uniforms: long skirts, blouses (each with a letter or number), and caps, posed in front of a grove of trees. One woman holds a baseball bat, two others wear primitive baseball gloves (another holds one in her hand). Each player except for one has a letter or number on their blouse, which together spell out "Princess No. 252," which was a lodge of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies which, along with its sister lodge Pearl City No. 33, was instituted in Jamestown, New York in 1901. The Rebekah are a service oriented women's organization first founded in 1851, with notable member that include several First Ladies: Eleanor Rooselvelt, Julia Grant and Lucy Hayes. Two of the women in the photo are older (one wears a badge, and is the only woman without a letter or number on her blouse) and are likely the manager and a coach; possibly Edith H. Griffith, a Princess Lodge founding member who later served as president of the New York Rebekah State Assembly. Early images of female baseball teams are very uncommon, especially in this larger scale and when identified.