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Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: Brown scoreboard edition

This is a rare look at the original color of the iconic Wrigley board.

Wrigley Field’s iconic center-field scoreboard is painted a dark green.

But it hasn’t always been that way. From the time of its construction over the then-new bleachers in 1937 through 1941, it was painted a dark brown.

The photo above is the first one I’ve ever seen in color of the board in its original brown. And based on this tweet, where I found the photo, this isn’t a colorized black-and-white photo, it’s a Kodachrome, one of the earliest color photos of Wrigley Field:

@BeschlossDC @Cubs Kodachrome shot of Wrigley Field circa 1938-41. Note the brown scoreboard, no clock, elm trees pic.twitter.com/G0XvdaqxOd

— La Bøem (@PeStromy) July 21, 2013

That was a very early use of Kodachrome, as it was first sold to the public for general use in 1936. It’s probably the best color photo of the scoreboard in brown that I’ve ever seen. (Also, how has this photo eluded me for the five-plus years since it was tweeted?)

So this photo is, as noted in the tweet, “circa 1938-41.” You’d think it wasn’t possible to figure out when it was taken, but actually, …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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