Baseball-related paper collectibles pay tribute to the game with
Advertising notes were often issued by businesses, and most were
“good fors” offering customers a discount as an incentive to buy.
Throughout the late 1880s and 1890s, a number of businesses took
advantage of the popularity of baseball to attract customers.
One such note was issued by the Thomas & Barton furniture store
in Augusta, Ga. The store offered musical instruments, sheet music and
On the left side of the face of the note is a portrait of N.E.
Young, possibly the manager of the store. A vignette of two baseball
bats, a ball and a catcher’s mask appears at the opposite end of the
face side. Portraits of members of the 1893 Boston Beaneaters baseball
team are depicted on the back. Decades later, in the 1960s, the
connection between Georgia and professional baseball became official
when the descendants of the Beaneaters became the Atlanta Braves.
Players like Monte Ward, Jim “Orator” O’Rourke and Mike “King”
Kelly, once household names, are a few of the team members pictured
surrounding the 5-cent discount promised the holder of this ad note.