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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Prep Champs: 1911

Prep Champs: 1911

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Georgetown basketball." Georgetown Preparatory School junior varsity. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Multiple focal planes?

Great photo, but I keep seeing multiple focal planes? Either a stacked exposure or I am thinking in modern terms and the lens was simply tilted at a slight angle to capture the ball, the first row gents faces and the second row faces and this is why the top of the background drop is in focus as well. This would take some work to get just right. The lighting is fantastic. I'm an amateur photographer using modern 35mm DSLR's like the 5D MKII and these photos are just blowing my mind in many ways. I just love them and the historical value is priceless.

The Champs!

Maaan! They still have haters today.

Blinding

This is the whitest hoops team ever! Books the boys some time on the tanning bed.

The Iron Five

You have to give them credit for playing without substitution.

Suggestion

File this one under Smug.

The coach

Definitely seems to be in the wrong sport.

An Electrical Experience

When posing for a portrait that will be around for the next century, make sure you're grounded.

Who stole Sis's socks?!

Those look like the Wicked Witch of the East's stockings. Maybe if they click their heels three times they'll win the game?

 
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