A special piece of art, the iconic “Babcock” poster by artist and sports historian James Babcock.
(Photo: James Babock)It was not just a poster, it was an entire collection of posters from Babcock’s life and work.
“A very important part of my life,” he told USA TODAY Sports.
“I never stopped looking at people in photographs, I looked at them like an encyclopedia, a very important book that I’d just collected from my father.”
The posters are all in their own way iconic, including a poster for the 1928 World’s Fair that depicts Babe Ruth as the great American.
He is on the cover of the poster as well.
“He was an athlete,” said Babcock, whose other posters include the “Loyalty to the U.S.” poster and the “Hip Hop and the Future” poster.
“That’s where Babe Ruth got his nickname, but that’s where he was from.
He was from Texas.
He loved to play baseball.”
In the past, there was no official museum of Babcock posters, so the public was able to see them.
The pieces were displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
The collection has now been digitized and published by Babcock & Shaw.
“I really believe the public should see it and feel it,” he said.
“It’s a great example of a great poster that is an icon of American sports.
That’s one of the reasons why I did it.”
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