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Central High Shell: 1927

Central High Shell: 1927

Washington, D.C. Central High shell crew on the Potomac at the Key Bridge in 1927. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.



As a former eight myself I find myself wondering about a couple of things Alex will appreciate.

1. When did the sliding seat come into use.
2. That's one BIG coxie
3. I guess 6 seat can't work that hard if he needs a big sweater like that, and how does he keep it from getting in his way.


Rowing history

Please keep coming with these historic rowing photographs. As a former eight oar shell rower in the sixties I like them very much!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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