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Powder Play: 1939

Powder Play: 1939

Oct. 14, 1939. "Hit that line, coed! Captain Alice Shanks, carrying football, running behind good interference as the young women from Western State College staged their annual Powder Bowl game on a mountain gridiron in Gunnison, Colorado." New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photo Collection. View full size.

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