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Game Day: 1910

Game Day: 1910

Washington, D.C. "Football. University of Virginia game, 1910." No nosebleed seats at this game. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Sports in the Old Days

I love seeing old pictures like this. They never seemed to be wearing much padding. Yay for shorpy!


Not sure about college regulations, but helmets only became mandatory in the NFL in 1940.

Skillful photographer

Wow, whoever took this picture had a phenomenal eye. Not just the tilted frame, but the placement of the pileup and the spacing of the figures in the left half of the screen--it could be a Thomas Eakins photograph, or painting.

Question: was headgear optional in those days? About half the players, including some in the center of the action, are bareheaded.

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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