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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Weighing the Jockeys: 1908

Weighing the Jockeys: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Racing -- weighing the jockeys." The racing silks must have made for a colorful scene. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Dave's hint

This is one shot that begs for someone with colorization skills.

Not Yonkers

It appears that a man on the right is holding a saddle. I believe Yonkers was harness racing.

I see Sluggo

leaning with his back against the door on the right.

What Track?

I don't think it's Belmont Park. Could be Empire City Racetrack in Yonkers or the old Aqueduct on Sheepshead Bay. Interesting that it's an outdoor weigh in; these days the scale is in the jockeys' room, though the jocks still weigh out after the race on a scale beside the track.

PS: the kid next in line to weigh looks like he was shanghaied from a Lewis Hine photograph.

 
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