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Reference

1906 Goldsmith Ad
1906 Goldsmith catalog ad

1914 Goldsmith ad
1914 Goldsmth Baseball ad

1919 Goldsmith Baseball Ad
1919 Goldsmith Basebal ad

1932 Goldsmith Catalog Ad
1932 Goldsmith Catalog ad

1943 Goldsmith Preferred Ad
1943 Goldsmith No. 97 baseball advertising

1944 Goldsmith ad
1944 Goldsmith Baseball Ad

1946 McGregor Goldsmith ad
1946 Goldsmith ad
 
 
Goldsmith MacGregor Baseball Dating Guide 
GOLDSMITH BASEBALL DATING GUIDE
  P. Goldsmith & Sons, MacGregor Goldsnith, & Macgregor, used  different Logos on their baseballs in their history. The Logo samples pictured below are dated to the years they appear in the Goldsmith catalogs. By matching the samples with the logo on your ball you could approximately date to that era. Some variations could narrow down the years, Information will be added to the description soon.  

Sample   Manufacturing Period Description

1905 Goldsmith Baseball Logo   
Pre-1912 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
The company was known as P. Goldsmith & Co. by 1890. In 1906 the company name was changed to P. Goldsmith's Sons Co. This is the earliest known Goldsmith logo used. It can be approximately dated to about 1912 and earlier. The logo is a simple circled cross with the company name "GOLDSMITH" sandwiched between the words "TRADE" "MARK" The Logo as with all the years to follow is place on the top panel.

1919 Goldsmith Baseball  
1912  - 1926 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
This Goldsmith Baseball logo first shows up in a 1906 catalog. It has the same Trade Mark Goldsmith logo cross but a second circle is added creating a border that reads "THE SPORTING GOODS WITH A GUARANTEE" (separated by a dot) There is another variation that reads "REGISTERED" in place of the dot, that most likely predates the dot logo. ("Registered" found in a 1915 catalog)

Goldsmith Baseball Logo   
1923 - 1925 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
This Goldsmith Logo first appears in a 1923 catalog. A number of changes are made from the earlier logo. The cross is slightly elongates as is the "S" in the company name "GOLDSMITH" which is pinched between the words "TRADE" & MARK" The outer circle now reads: "GUARANTEED ATHLETIC GOODS" around the top, and at the bottom "CIN., O. U.S.A.

1927-1932 Goldsmith Baseball Logo  
1926-1933 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
The first appearance of this logo has yet to be identified in a catalog but many of theses baseballs start to show up with a number of Babe Ruth autographs with "Babe" in quotation marks, a practice that Babe Ruth stopped doing by 1928. The logo has been identified in a 1932 catalog. The Goldsmith logo cross remains the same from the era before with "GOLDSMITH" pinched between the words "TRADE" & MARK" but the outer circle now reads "THE P. GOLDSMITH SONS CO." over the top, and at the bottom "CINCINNATI, O. U.S.A."

1938 Goldsmith Baseball Logo   
1933 - 1939 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
This logo has been identified in a 1938 Goldsmith catalog and still shows up in 1944 overlapping the following logo. The Trademark Goldsmith Logo cross is removed perhaps because of its resemblance to the German black cross at the onset of WWII. The Logo still sits at the top panel now has a bold "GoldSmith" in lower case letters using capital letters for the "G" & "S" The letters "old" & "mith" are undelined. Below the new Goldsmith logo reads "CINCINNATI" above "U.S.A." (both in uppercase)
 
1940-1943 Goldsmith Baseball Logo   
1940-1944 Goldsmith Baseball Logo
This Goldsmith logo make it's first appearance around 1942, and is identified in a catalog from the same year. This logo coexists with the pervious logo. "GoldSmith" is down sized at the top with "MADE IN U.S.A." just below. There is also another variation that has "CINCINNATI" sandwiched between GoldSmith & MADE IN U.S.A. Below the GoldSmith logo the "a Preferred PRODUCT" slogan logo is added.
NOTE: The possible explanation of the two logos coexisting is the first logo pictured at the top was used for baseballs that were sold in other companies catalogs, and the second pictured at the bottom, is exclusive to Goldsmith catalogs.

1944-1952 MacGregor Goldsmith Baseball Logo   
1945-1951 MacGregor Goldsmith Baseball Logo
Some time around 1944 a merger took place and Goldsmith added the MacGregor name to their products. The company became known as "MacGregor Goldsmith" This logo makes it's first appearance in 1945. The new logo is added to the top panel and now reads: "MacGregor" in script just above "GoldSmith" also in script. A MacGregor, designed "M" logo is added to the bottom panel that features the baseballs catalog number within a Goldsith "G", with "REG. U.S. PAT. OFF." below, and "Made in U.S.A"at the bottom.

1953 -1960 MacGregor Baseball Logo   
1952-1962 MacGregor Baseball Logo
In 1952 the Goldsmith name was dropped entirely and the company was simply called MacGregor. The first baseball logo used at the top panel reads "MacGregor" in script, with the Registered trademark to the right of the capital G below the first "r" in MacGregor. The bottom panel features a newly designed MacGregor "M" logo with the "G" removed the catalog number for the ball is now boxed in.

1961 MacGregor Baseball Logo   
1963-1964 MacGregor Baseball Logo
This variation of the logo pictured above (which id identified in a 1957 catalog) was used before 1961. Changes are made with the  Registered trademark now being place just after the company name "MacGregor" with the Words "MADE" below  the letters Mac, "IN" between the two "G" 's and "U.S.A." below  the letters "or"  The  MacGregor "M" logo with the catalog number boxed in is placed on the bottom panel..


MacGregor Brunswick Baseball Logo   
1965-1966 MacGregor Brunswick  Baseball Logo
By 1961 MacGregor becomes a division of the Brunswick Corporation, and the Brunswick boxed in "B" logo is added to the existing "MacGregor" logo on the top panel with the Words "MADE" below  the letters Mac, "IN" between the two "G" 's and "U.S.A." below  the letters "or" The MacGregor "M" logo is removed from the bottom panel. This logo is identified in a 1965 Little League Rule Book.


1967 MacGregor Logo  
1967- 1974 Bat Manufacturing Period
In 1967 the Brunswick Corporation buys out MacGregor. The font for the first "G" in MacGregor logo is changed and this slightly effects the placement of  "Made in U.S.A." and the Registered trademark now follows. Baseballs that use "Horse Hide Covers" can be dated to about 1974.

 Some time after 1974 "Made in U.S.A." is removed and there are different variations of  the same MacGregor logo since, using different color printing and catalog numbers below.

Goldsmith History
P. Goldsmith's Sons Co. a sporting goods & baseball glove manufacturer, founded by Philip Goldsmith. After a short partnership with Wolf Fletcher in 1875, making baseballs, the company was known as P. Goldsmith & Co. by 1890. In 1906 the name was changed to P. Goldsmith's Sons Co. Goldsmith bought out two struggling sporting goods companies in 1936 & 1937. Draper Maynard and Crawford, McGregor & Canby Co. which became MacGregor Golf Co. Around 1944 Goldsmith added the MacGregor name to their products and became known as "MacGregor Goldsmith" Finally, in 1952 the Goldsmith name was dropped entirely and the company was simply called MacGregor.
 
McGregor History
MacGregor - Originally the Crawford, McGregor & Canby Co. and then MacGregor Golf Co. P.Goldsmith & sons purchased the company in 1936 in an effort to expand their product line and market share. Around 1944 Goldsmith added the MacGregor name to their products and became known as "MacGregor Goldsmith" an attempt to trade on the prestigious image the MacGregor company had earned. Finally, in 1952 the Goldsmith name was dropped entirely and the company was simply called MacGregor. MacGregor becomes a division of the Brunswick Corporation by 1961 and in 1967 the Brunswick Corporation buys out MacGregor.
Reference Catalog Ads
 
1953 NacGregor Baseball ad  1962 Babe Ruth League Rool Book ad 1963 MacGregor Brunswick ad  1965 Little League Rule Book Baseball Ad
1953 MacGregor Scorebook
Baseball Ad
1962 Babe Ruth League
Rule Book
1963 MacGregor Brunswick Advertisement 1965 Little League
Rule Book
 
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