Sunday, December 30, 2018
Card Of The Week - December 30
I picked up this bromide card off of Ebay recently. It's of Masao Nishimura of the Hankyu Braves and I believe it's uncataloged. It is similar in a lot of ways to a set Engel has called "JBR 109: 1947 Marui Decorative Small Image" although at 1 5/16" by 2 1/8" this card is smaller than those (which are 1 3/4” x 2 5/8”). It is blank backed.
There's a couple clues to help try to narrow down when the card is from. The uniform Nishimura is wearing was used by Hankyu between 1946 and 1949. I don't know what the vertical text on the right side of the card says but I do understand all the rest of the text. The kanji in the top left I think says "Hankyu" although it doesn't quite match "阪急". The "ブレーブス" at the bottom is "Braves". "西村 正夫" is Nishmura's full name. The really useful piece of information is the "監督" under his photo - this says he was manager. Nishimura actually had three separate stints as manager for Hankyu - 1943-mid 1947, 1954-56 and 1978 (as an interim manager when Toshiharu Ueda missed time with pneumonia). Between that and the uniform I figure the card's from either 1946 or 1947.