The Sport of Clam Shucking

This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a group of men playing a sport of "push ball." (see below) I can remember in my elementary school days we had a ball like this but it was called a cage ball. We would play a massive game of volleyball using this cage ball. I don't remember our cage ball being as big as this ball though.

Looking through my postcard collection the closet thing I could find to men in sport was this old postcard of men shucking clams. I have written a post about this postcard before. If you would like to know a bit more about clam shucking click here for a post entitled "Four Guys Shucking."

Clam Shuckers, Joppa, Newburyport, Massachusetts, postcard, front, clams
Postcard: Doug Peabody

There are two things intriguing about this card to me. One is the rather cryptic message written on the side. "There is to be a bride in the King's Daughters. I will tell you who in my next... Ananias

Clam Shuckers, Joppa, Newburyport, Massachusetts, postcard, rear, clams
The other intriguing fact about this card is that it was postmarked in Newburyport, Massachusetts on May 9, 1906 at 4:30 PM and arrived at it's destination post office the next morning in Sharon, Massachusetts, May 10, 1906 at 6:00AM. That's a fast delivery considering this postcard most likely traveled by steam train through Boston first.

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