We've recently added new items to our exhibit on local baseball hero Hank Severeid. These items include a book and a halftone printing block. We'd like to thank Dwayne Fiihr and Al Holm for donating these items.
In 1941, Hank Severeid co-authored a book entitled Play Ball! Advice for Young Ballplayers with Charles E. Chapman. Our copy is a third edition and was published by Harper and Brothers Publishers, New York, NY. Topics covered in the book include: what scouts look for in a ballplayer, batting strategy, running the bases, characteristics of each field position, and signing a contract.
The halftone printing block is taken from a photograph of Hank Severeid in a St. Louis Browns uniform. Hank played with the Browns from 1915-1925. Halftone Blocks are made from a zinc or copper plate which is attached to a solid block of wood. The image is broken up into small dots, varying either in size, in shape or in spacing, generating a gradient like effect. This image of Hank was used in the 1931 pictorial Story City Golden Jubilee Book published locally by Paul A. Olson.