Sports Center Saturday--My Dad's 1936 NFL Contract
Some years back while sorting through scrapbooks and boxes of papers and photos that my mother had saved and passed on to me, I came across an interesting letter--it was my dad's contract for playing football his rookie year (1936) with the Detroit Lions. As shown below, it was only one page in length. I can only imagine the length of a contract today and it certainly would be far more than a single page!
The first letter is an acknowledgement by the Lions of receiving my dad's signed contract. They pointed out, however, that he had only returned two copies. They wanted three copies signed by him.Unfortunately, the contract is not very readable. That is because I made a basic mistake. The original contract and a photo of my father are matted and framed and the back of the frame is sealed, so as to preserve it as much as possible. I didn't think, however, to make copies of the contract prior to having it framed. Thus, I now have to scan it through the glass. If you will look at the photo at the beginning of my blog, Del's Genealogy Ramblings, that was photographed and is much more readable. I did crop the digital image into two parts, so that I could enlarge it more than normal.
|Framed Contract and Photo|