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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Galahad: 1911

Galahad: 1911

1911. Washington, D.C. "Football. Georgetown University Game." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Whoa

"Galahad" indeed. Yowza. Talk about a smoldering stare.

Re: team player

Yeah! You have right. I also look the faces of the past, to search persons, who can walk in the present without any differences. This guy can be a celeb in 2008 but maybe in 1920 he wasn't look good extremely, because the trend idea.

Handsome Rake Candidate

Hubba hubba! With a side of yowza.

[Something tells me he might be a little old for you, but what the hay. - Dave]

Rugby Roots

No doubt why the forward pass hadn't yet caught on with these earlier teams. It'd take a current NBA guy to get his hand around that football. Really shows football's roots in rugby, since their ball is still about that size and shape.

Team Player

This guy could walk right into any modern men's ad--Armani, Calvin K, you name it.

The Shadow Knows

What makes this one is the shadow of someone's head (the photographer's?) on his pants. Otherwise, everyone seems wise to be giving this guy his personal space.

 
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