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Eastern Track: 1905

Eastern Track: 1905

Back in H&E's Washington portrait studio circa 1905. "Eastern High School track team." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

From a woman's point of view

Wow!!

We're Still Looking

Over a hundred years later and we serious amateur photographers are STILL looking for a lens as sharp as the one used here. (Though no doubt the massive negative played a role as well).

Cinder Tracks

I ran high school track in 1974. Most schools in my area had either cinder or crushed brick tracks. My school had a dirt track. For natural surface tracks we used spikes half an inch to an inch long. For synthetic surface tracks, we were required to use quarter-inch spikes. I set my personal record in the mile run (4:49.7) on a cinder track. They were reasonably fast until several events had been run, at which time they got all chewed up and were quite a bit slower. Fortunately for me the mile was the second race of a track meet in my high school conference.

I recognize five on the track

I recognize five on the track team from the football team:

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5444?size=_original

Any others?

Changes in the Track Scene

We're USA Track & Field officials, and some things have changed: the shoes now aren't leather or hard-soled, the clothes aren't cotton and the teams are of every skin-tone under the sun (isn't America great?). But the spikes are still serious and the attitude remains the same: Run your best and strive to win.

Re: Cleats

I bet all the tracks they ran on were cinder. I know of a few high schools that still used old cinder tracks at least up to the 1990s.

Hey, T.U.M!

I've been having a bad day and seeing "Q Street: 1925" only made it worse -- but I have to thank you for your lovely little singsongy poem! My bad day is brighter and happier for it!

Hey, Stripey!

Oh, the back row boys of Eastern High they say are very fleet;
The front row boys are elegant, the way they cross their feet.
The captain of the track team runs and jumps the very best,
But my heart belongs to Stripey and the stripes upon his chest.
Oh, my heart belongs to Stripey, not the moody boy in black!
My heart belongs to Stripey as he sprints around the track!
Oh, keep your Foot-Race Freddies and your Bottle-Rocket Berts,
For my heart belongs to Stripey, and his stripey, stripey shirt.

Serious Cleats

Man, those are some serious running shoes. I wonder how they would compare to Nike's?

 
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