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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Penn Varsity: 1914

Penn Varsity: 1914

Summer 1914. "Penn varsity crew team in Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Another great photograph

This is a great photograph on a few levels. Compositionally it is very interesting because of all the vertical and horizontal plains created by the oars, the bridge and the dock. The little guy dressed in black who I think would be called the coxswain anchors the bottom of the photo. The rowers are all rather glum looking while the guys in the background with the white hats and shorts look like a hive of activity. Another thing which is a little eerie is that all the rowers have a timeless look about them. They all look like the photo could have been taken last week. Considering that this photo is almost a hundred years old.

More Support

Actually, the jockstrap dates back to 1874, invented by the good people at Bike:

http://www.bikeathletic.com/History.aspx

Support

From About.com, history of clothing: In 1920, Joe Cartledge, the owner and founder of the Guelph Elastic Hosiery Company, invented the first jockstrap or athletic supporter, marketed under the name Protex.

Hmm again

They have all been looking at Rosie O'Donnell.

Hah!

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed the budget cut.

Hmm

Looks like Penn cut the jockstrap budget that year.

 
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