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StepsInSC
12-03-2007, 05:20 PM
This appears to be a real, and quite hilarious, memorandum sent to professional ballplayers right around 1900 regarding their use of profanity. Note that there is plenty of obscenity.

http://s210975194.onlinehome.us/blog/?p=41

Madvora
12-03-2007, 05:50 PM
"I'll make you suck my ass"

I love that.
(edit - hey not even WSI filters that one)

nccwsfan
12-03-2007, 09:21 PM
This appears to be a real, and quite hilarious, memorandum sent to professional ballplayers right around 1900 regarding their use of profanity. Note that there is plenty of obscenity.

http://s210975194.onlinehome.us/blog/?p=41

Understatement of the Week! Funny article, but yowza that's some language.

Railsplitter
12-04-2007, 08:45 PM
Some are downright hilarious, especially the ones that have gone out of fashion. Like "prick eating bastard"

dakuda
12-04-2007, 08:47 PM
This may be just me, but that font looks too 'new' and 'clean' to be used prior to 1900. The grammar also seems to be very modern, if not incorrect for an 'official' publication..

johnny_mostil
12-04-2007, 09:07 PM
This may be just me, but that font looks too 'new' and 'clean' to be used prior to 1900. The grammar also seems to be very modern, if not incorrect for an 'official' publication..

It's not just you. I would guess this is either a hoax or, possibly, a contemporary "blue" fabrication or satire. Real businessmen in the 19th century simply would not have had this kind of stuff printed up -- unless they were publishing pornography. This is a joke. The only question is how old a joke it is.

nccwsfan
12-04-2007, 09:16 PM
Sorry to sound ig'nant :redneck, but couldn't they have someone authenticate these documents to see if they're from the 19th century? I would think they could determine if the paper/ink/etc was something that was used during that time period. You would hope an auctioneer would do everything they could to cross check what comes across their desk.