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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Marathon Men: 1910

Marathon Men: 1910

Orange, Virginia, circa 1910. "Woodberry Forest track team." The prep school's 20-foot running machine. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

High-waisted

Quite a style for the time; those shorts couldn't possibly be worn any higher!

Go four the distance

Only four appear to be distance runners (no spikes). Looking at their expressions, along with one of them wearing a knee brace and another having taped ankles, they all appear extremely serious and hard-core.

Mr. Athlete

I remembered seeing third from the right a couple of months ago in this photo of Woodberry Forest gymnasts. Turns out it was in fact, the same guy.

 
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