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Oarsman Bolles: 1923

Oarsman Bolles: 1923

March 20, 1923. "H.A. Bolles, Annapolis. Crew Captain." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

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Dead Hotties

Eh ... sure, I'd go for it.

[Or maybe "Handsome Rakes." Done! - Dave]

Handsome Lads

Dave, given that Shorpy has a prominent sub-section of "Pretty Girls", maybe it's time to start one for "Handsome Lads" - PER

[Not even one vote for "Dead Hotties"? - Dave]


What a hot patootie! He looks a little like Richard Gere around the eyes.

[Maybe these guys should have their own gallery tag to go above the photo. "Dead hotties"? - Dave]

Just Wild About Harry

Even with his unfortunate name (and fate!) he is pretty stunning! I wonder what his middle name was? I'm not clever enough to come up with something.

Mr. Bolles


News Leak

Dave, because of your comment, I expect a free Shorpy seat protector, when they become available. For my new chair.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Harry looks like he could row a warship, with that barrel chest! It's clear why he was captain, I wonder what the team's stats were?

Harry Bolles, R.I.P.

Commander Harry A. Bolles died July 18, 1943, when his Coast Guard plane crashed into a mountain in Alaska. The Navy named a drydock in Puerto Rico in his memory.

Harry Bolles

Harry Bolles was in the class of 1923 at USNA, the only Bolles with the H initial ever at the Academy. He also played football. Note: Nice Crew sweatshirt - had one like that when I rowed there in the late 70s.

[Hm. I can certainly see why he might have wanted to use the initial. - Dave]

J Crew crew

In a contemporary J Crew catalog, Mr. Bolles' worn sweatshirt would retail for $80.

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