The Lash’s Gentleman in a Hat
28 August 2014 | Mystery Solved 082814 14:55
First off, great write-up on the Lash Bitters Company. I am wondering if you might be able to help me and a few friends out with a project we are working on. Back in 1909-1911, the American Lithographic Company (ALC) printed a massive series of baseball cards for the American Tobacco Company (ATC). This set was widely circulated as a promotional giveaway with one/two cards inserted in 18 different ATC brands. The set is known as the T206 White Border series and is still today widely collected, in fact the most expensive card in the world (T206 Honus Wagner) is from this set.
Why am I interested in the Lash Bitters? A collector found 12 of these T206 cards that appeared to be from an original test sheet used at the ALC factory. The cards are all hand cut and are missing a few layers of ink and oddly have several unfinished Lash Bitter’s post card fronts and backs printed on them. We are thinking this unfinished T206 sheet was used to test the printing of the Lash Bitters post cards. So far we have found the back Lash image used and one of the front but there appears to be a second front printed on the backs of the T206 cards.
Below are scans of the cards found, the front/back Lash Bitters ad and the mysterious missing front. I realize it is a long shot but have you seen anything from Lash that has a gentleman in a hat as shown and a large red “LASH BITTERS” logo?
Since we are on the subject of baseball and Lash’s, here’s another Lash’s advertising item. It is a booklet illustrating the well known poem “Casey at the Bat” (see below). Also, I have a number of trade cards with baseball as their theme, Your writer probably has seen them too. Mystery solved……..Joe