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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Brown of Princeton: 1915

Brown of Princeton: 1915

"Brown of Princeton" circa 1915-1920. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Brown

This brawny and handsome athlete with chiseled features could still turn heads if he walked down the street today, almost a hundred years later. If he were still around he would probably be doing endorsements and gracing the covers of magazines.

College Athletes

We are USA Track&Field Officials, and thus around NCAA athletes a lot. Little has changed in the demeanor of college-level athletes:they still show the determination and grit shown by young Mr Brown, but now they come in both sexes and all imaginable skin tones. They were America's future 100 years ago, and they still are.

Wet & Woolly

What is this guy doing? Coming back from a swim? Three levels of wool, the first showing that guys back then had some nice bods.

 
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