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Georgetown: 1920

Georgetown: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Foley group, Georgetown." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. I just know there's someone out there who can tell us more about Foley and his group. Right?

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Wrestling just seems right to me, too, delworthio. Maybe Coach Foley coached multiple sports like the coaches at my school have to do...

(As for the older gent on the second row, my money is on parole officer...for several of these steely athletes.)

I Know! I Know!

They're the Computer Club of course ... I have a Mac shirt too.

It wasn't me!

This reminds me of the children's birthday party photo a while ago.
The only one who doesn't look like he just got caught with the principal's underaged daughter is the guy in the second row on the far right.

Just Noticing

Just looking at the guy second from out left in the front row. Not only is he having a bad hair day, but he's got a couple of holes in his socks. Got to love these glass negatives.

Bill Foley

Willliam "Bill" Foley was a famed track coach at Washington Central High from 1904 to 1939. Papers show that Georgetown hosted indoor track meets in the 1920s, perhaps that is the occasion of the photo. Not sure of this... does anyone else know if these might be typical apparel for a track team in the twenties? Additionally, some of the men on the team appear quite a bit older then traditional high school (second row: farthest right and second from the left). Also, Bill Foley would have been in his mid-40's at this time: could that be the man in the suit and tie?


If the mat, tights, and one fella's knee pads are any indication, I'm guessing wrestling team.


What an amazing diversity of hair styles in this group. From the sublime to the way out.

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