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The Gray Hornets: 1911

The Gray Hornets: 1911

1911. "Christ's College 1st XV rugby team." Glass plate negative from the Steffano Webb studio in Christchurch, New Zealand. View full size.



With the team suited up like that, how do you spot the ref? Does rugby even have any officials? As near as I can tell it doesn't have any rules.

Colors Are Accurate

Christ's College Rugby website:


Rugby players eat their dead, don't they?

Ninety years later

We'd look at this striped bunch as a "Where's Waldo?" convention group pausing for a photo.

TV Flashback

Reminds me about having to adjust the "horizontal hold" on the early television sets.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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