April 1886: First known photograph of “the finger”

Group picture, Boston Beaneaters and New York Giants, Major League Baseball Opening Day 1886. Charles Radbourn giving the finger to cameraman (back row, far left).

5 Responses

  1. T D

    Not just the first known photograph of ‘the finger’, but also the last known photograph of ‘ridiculous top hat and moustache’.

  2. merl

    I can understand flipping the bird in school pics but what would make a grown man do that?


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