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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Stealth Bombers: 1920

Stealth Bombers: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Gripp, Mathew, [Nathan] Lahn, Troske -- Gallaudet U." Gridiron stars of the first college for the deaf, credited with inventing the football huddle in the 1920s as a way to keep its signed plays secret. View full size.

 

Back when the helmets were leather

And the men were steel. Interesting bit about "the huddle." I had no idea it originated with a deaf football team. Makes sense though.

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Before the 1933 rule change forward passes had to be made way back from the line of scrimmage- at least 5 yards back. They were all long range bombers in 1920! Stealth? In the 20's audibles went something like "Ralph, go right and catch it!"

[Unless, like these guys, you can't hear. - Dave]

 
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