A newspaper wrapper from the Philadelphia Cricket Club
When I was offered a Philadelphia Cricket Club newspaper wrapper
at Stampex some years I hesitated for a while before paying for it.
In my mind cricket and the United States did not seem go together and there
was no instance of a newpaper wrapper from a cricket club in my records.
In the "Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper Catalogue" published in June 2019
there are a total 340 different United States wrappers with private
overprints. The total number of different wrappers with private overprints from
Great Britain, on the other hand, is 2,720; and there
is not a single wrapper from a cricket club amongst these.
Philadelphia Cricket Club did indeed exist and still exists
to this day as a country club. It was originally founded by a group of young men
of English ancestry in 1854. For the first 30 years they played on any ground
available. In 1883, through the generosity of a benefactor, they acquired
their own ground and country club in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Golf, tennis,
swimming, squash and other sports facilities were added. In 1907 and 1910
the US Open Golf Championships were held on their golf course. In 1924 the
cricket team was disbanded but the name of the club was retained.
This particular design of newspaper wrapper was in use in the United States during the period 1907 to 1916.
“A cricket ground is a flat piece of earth with some buildings around it.” ~ Richie Benaud (1930-2015), Australian cricketer.
United States newspaper wrappers with private overprint tend to very scarce. Over the last 18 years of so I have managed
to collect and / or record a total of 340 different overprints and in most
cases only seen one or two copies of each. Should anyone have any newspaper
wrapper with a private overprint I would very much like to hear from you.