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[ 18 ] January 15, 2013 |

The first known photograph of someone flipping off a camera in history. None other than legendary baseball pitcher and general rounder, Old Hoss Radbourn, Opening Day, 1886.

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  1. Why am I not shocked that it was a baseball player?

  2. sparks says:

    In the canonically correct upward position, too! I am assuming this wasn’t photoshopped.

    They seem to be somewhat rare in early cinema. I’ve seen few.

  3. Vance Maverick says:

    This is great. Strangely, when I google “old hoss radbourn”, the first result is

    42 (1854-1897)
    Charles Radbourn, Age at death

    “elvis presley” doesn’t do the same.

    • UserGoogol says:

      No, but “old Elvis Presley” does. It looks like the phrasing “old ” automatically looks up the age (or age at death) of people.

      Also, I guess that means Old Hoss didn’t live to be especially old. Apparently he died of syphilis.

  4. prufrock says:

    That pic is in the companion book to Ken Burn’s Baseball. No Photoshop.

    • sparks says:

      I assumed so, but nowadays where they even have how-to You Tube videos of things which are physically impossible to do, one can’t be too careful.

  5. Leeds man says:

    Boston Beaneaters. You’d think a sport like baseball would eschew the obvious, and embrace whimsy. Boston Banshees would at least combine both.

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