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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Team Players: 1937

Team Players: 1937

Sept. 11, 1937. Washington, D.C. "George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, talks it over with some of his players, left to right: Wayne Millner, tackle, end; Charlie Malone, end; Vic Carroll, tackle; George Marshall and Bill Young, tackle; Ed Michaels, guard; Jim Garber, tackle." View full size.

 

Owner Marshall

George did a great job of keeping the Redskins segregated. In 1962 they became the last NFL team to integrate, after having been warned by Sec. of Interior Udall to hire black players or face retribution.

Lucky George

George Marshall made it big in the laundry business, then bought the Redskins - but perhaps his greatest accomplishment was being the long time (off&on) lover of silent film icon Louise Brooks - probably one of the most beautiful, talented, and interesting women of the 20th century.

Slim Pickins

Pick any three of those guys and you would have one modern NFL lineman

They looked different then

So did soldiers and other such icons of manliness. More human and less machine.

 
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