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Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such giants as Gimbel's and Wanamaker's, Strawbridge & Clothier graced the retail skyline of Philadelphia for nearly 150 years. They were one of the major players on Market Street, and when the company was in full stride, they prevailed upon the Babe for an endorsement. We'd imagine that this exercise was conducted sometime in the mid-20s and that this particular pin was gratis for the asking at the retailer's sole business site. In this image, Ruth's ill-fitting cap was likely an orchestrated spoof to draw attention to Strawbridge's expert tailoring staff. But this was serious business - Babe's commercial approvals didn't come cheaply. The pin is 7/8" in diameter and the sponsor's paper insert remains in the reverse. With its beaming portrait of Ruth, set against a pure-white background, we should expect some departures-from-perfect in this little treasure's condition. We note only some forgivable discoloration in the paper insert and a hint of oxidation on the metallic perimeter of the reverse. Thereafter, this one is simply blue-ribbon in its condition, and we advance the antique as NM/MT.
1920s "Strawbridge & Clothier" Babe Ruth Pinback
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