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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Rugged Ruggers: 1890

Rugged Ruggers: 1890

Wellington, New Zealand, 1890. "Post and Telegraph Department football team with men in rugby football kit. Postmaster William Copeland seated behind man with ball." Glass negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.

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No pointy ears?

If that fine fellow standing second from left isn't one of the wee folk, I'll eat his hat!

Rugby Union

This picture features a full rugby team of 15 men. It was taken a few years before the Rugby League game was created in 1895 involving teams of 13 men. Until recently Rugby Union was purely an amateur game whilst Rugby League was played professionally.

Nobody's smiling because

mouth guards were optional and no one has any teeth left?

Rugby vs. soccer

Rugby is a thug's sport played by gentlemen.
Soccer is a gentlemen's sport played by thugs.

Okay, that's a British expression, but the New Zealanders probably say it too.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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