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The view is northeast from is on the dividing island on Eleventh Street with the Hudson Street in the background. While undated, the photo is definitely not from immediately after it was erected or dedicated (at the Hoboken Baseball Centennial parade, June 19, 1946) as rust is seen on the support frame and the metal covering the pillar has numerous dents. The sign was doubled sided; see related.
Text on the plaque:
On June 19, 1846 the first match game of baseball was played here on the Elysian Fields between the Knickerbockers and the New Yorks. It is generally conceded that until this time the game was not seriously regarded.
Black-and-white photo of Omero Catan in car waiting to be first through new Lincoln Tunnel, Weehawken, N.J., December 21, 1937. 8” x 10” high print (irregularly trimmed bottom edge). Photograph by Associated Press photographer; attachment on reverse of printed newspaper caption; inkstamped date; other file notes.
Catan is seen dressed in suit plus overcoat sitting on the passenger side running board and drinking coffee from a thermos and eating (a hero or hoagie). A picnic basket and shearling coverlet are present on the ground with other blankets and pillows seen on the front seat through the open door. As it turned out, he was the first to pay a toll (they were on the New Jersey side, fifty cents), but he was not the first through, a George Horn coming from the New York side reputedly beat him by a minute (see notes for a 1995 article.)
The tunnel was opened to regular traffic at midnight on Dec. 22, 1937.