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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Ground Rules: 1900

Ground Rules: 1900

Circa 1900. "Golf links at Charlevoix, Michigan." Mind if we play through? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sir...

Why it's an easy layup with a Mashie or a Spade Mashie. A Cleek is way too long a club, sir.

Re: Of Course

My guess is that this is some sort of caddie training, and the young boys are all learning the proper way to deal with the golfers.

Before wooden tees

They used to pile sand on the tee to hold the ball until wooden tees came along. I suspect the box with No. 1 written on it was the tee box, a term still used today. My father-in-law had to sweep up the sand and put it back in the boxes on his father's golf course when he was a boy.

Old School

Not a square yard of chartreuse and plum plaid polyester to be seen.

Of course

Presumably the caddies are the ones carrying the bags; that leaves (apparently) one adult player and a whole gaggle of younger boys. So what's the deal here? What this photo needs is a Lewis Hine caption.

Caddy Badge

The young man behind the players with his hands in his pockets and the others in the "Caddy Shack" are wearing their official Caddy Badges issued by the Golf Club.
I can't explain the reason for all the other young men gathered around the players.

Playing through time

The tall fellow in the center of the picture looks curiously modern compared to the others. I didn't realize bucket hats had enjoyed such longevity as a fashion statement

Rules & Regulations

See you at the 19th hole!

 
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