SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Government in Action: 1917

Government in Action: 1917

1917. "Walter Camp exercise school. Cabinet officials exercising with other government officials." This seems to have been a manifestation of the "defense league" movement led by former Yale footballer Walter Camp. Anyone up for some miniature base(ket)ball? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Celebrity spotting!

Hi Dave! Long-time reader, first-time commenter.

I'm quite certain I've seen other pictures from this series (and am desperately trying to find the one I have in mind) - so if this is the same group I'm thinking of, it features a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt before being stricken with polio. He's the tall fellow in the dark pants, third from the right in the back row.

The plot that thickened

Reminds me of a P.G. Wodehouse story.

Questions answered

The game usually played here is Basekitball. It's not a dance, but the music is "The Wind in the Willows."


Here is yet another example of the internet's evil influence on modern society. We no longer take the time to play Simon Says like the elderly gentlemen pictured above, or Red Rover, which they probably next played.

That is an awful price to pay for progress. All you people need to rise up, and take back the great outdoors.

I can't do it since I am always too busy with the internet.

What music is playing?

During my county government service we had a Tai Chi instructor visit once a week. I would participate just so I could watch the other people, almost as much fun as looking at this picture. The most annoying part was the continuous loop of relaxing John Denver music.

Government pork

Of all the unusual images on Shorpy, this has to be one of the stranger ones. Gotta love the schlubby paunches on these guys. And for them to jettison their wardrobe accouterments, like ties and coats, shows their dedication to a good hard workout! (Not!)


The Ministry of Silly Calisthenics.

Way Back Then

Politicians either stood on the "right" or the "left" in those days too.


That whole picture is puzzling to me. It has two basketball goals in a grassy area. Not much dribbling here. It has sort of a ball diamond...too small to play on. A row of tree intruding on the left and the whole thing is on an incline. To top it off a group of professional men out practicing their Swan Lake moves. Just what is going on???

Hokey Pokey

You put your left foot out......

In "Hokey Pokey" There's Always One

Fifth man from the front line and the first man in light-colored trousers seems to not know the difference between his right and left leg. I wonder if this confusion ever conflicted with the gentleman's duties in government work.

And you shake it all about

It seems to be an early version of the Hokey Pokey.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.