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Polar Volleyball: 1922

Polar Volleyball: 1922

February 1922. Washington, D.C. "Barefoot volleyball in snow." Recreation at Fort Frostbite. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Uncensored Costumes

Washington Post, February 3, 1922.

Snow and slush mean nothing to the army officers at Bolling field. Here they are keeping in condition by playing volleyball in the open. There were no ladies present, otherwise one or two costumes might have been “censored.”

Looks like a warm day after a snow the day before.

The snow's almost gone from the roofs. Windows are open in the nearby barracks. Wonder why all the officers are standing on the sidelines watching while the enlisted men are playing. To answer a question, in 1922 there were no prisoners of war held in the USA.

I Remember....

doing this during the winter once when I was in college; you sure learn to keep moving around fast so that your feet don't stay in the snow for too long at one time....

The constant jumping and running around is similar to lizards in the desert who keep lifting one foot or the other so as not to burn them on the hot ground....

The Nerve!

He's just being cheeky.

Out of uniform

Hey you in the white; button up.

Getting cold feet

That exercise may have been meant to keep those men on their toes but its more likely to have caused them to lose some!

What the --

Are they prisoners of war?

Wardrobe malfunction

Looks like the soldier in the white long underwear forgot to button the seat.

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