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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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Brown of Princeton: 1915

Brown of Princeton: 1915

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

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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.

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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