Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Red's camera emerges!
As I've mentioned here before, publication of my biography of Red Faber has put me into contact with a great many people -- folks I otherwise never would have met (in person or via the Internet).
My most recent episode apparently will result in a donation to the Red Faber wing of the Tri-County Historical Museum in Cascade, Iowa.
(I'll leave out the names and addresses, pending finalization of the arrangements, but I have to say SOMETHING about it now.)
During the off-season of 1913-14, before his rookie season with the White Sox, Faber joined the White Sox and NY Giants (and a few other major league teams) in an around-the-world exhibition tour. It lasted four months, and Faber saw Asia, Australia and Europe.
In the book, I wrote:
In his letter home, Faber indicated that he had a camera and promised to have many pictures to share with family and friends upon his return to Iowa. Unfortunately, his snapshots apparently have not survived the subsequent nine decades.
Well, that may not be the case. (Good thing I used the qualifier "apparently"!)
This week I opened an e-mail from a distant relative of Red's, who received my book as a Christmas gift from his wife. He read my passage mentioning the camera and contacted because, he has that camera!
Not only that, he thinks a close relative of his might still have some of Red's snapshots! He remembers seeing them many years ago.
This gets better: The gentleman would like to donate the camera to the museum in Cascade. And if some of Red's snapshots from the World Tour turn up, they might find their way to Cascade someday. What a boon that will be to the museum's collection.
The donor-to-be sent me a couple of images of Red's camera, now 95 years old.