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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Boat Club Rowers: 1919

Boat Club Rowers: 1919

September 20, 1919. "Potomac Boat Club eight." On the river at the old Aqueduct Bridge. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Re: Attn. Mr. Leyendecker

This comment made me happy.

Actually, there's something about the processing here (I know nothing about photography, alas) that has made the last young man on the right look rather like an illustration himself. He could be right out of a superhero comic.

Strapping boys

Not that kind of strapping!! Question for any rowing expert out there. What's the deal with tethering your ankle to your oar. It's not like you're a surfer who'd have to swim for his board when he eats it on a wave.

[Nobody's ankle is tethered to an oar. At least not in this photo. - Dave]

The "house on the hill" appears to have survived.

Bing's (Microsoft) Bird's Eye View seems to show the nice columned home on the bluff is still there.

The home is off the end of 24th Street N. in the wedge between Spout Run Parkway and GW Parkway.

Attn. Mr. Leyendecker

Your afternoon models have arrived. Mr. Middle Boy says he met you at a party.

Pre-Parkway

You can see a house up on the Virginia palisades that must have had a gorgeous view before the GW Parkway was built, and presumably this and many other houses were torn down. I wonder how many houses were lost due to the construction of the road.

It's the Jocks in Socks!

Same guys, same order, same uniform, same teamwork, same disgusting socks.
http://www.shorpy.com/node/6306

Aqueduct Bridge

You can see one of piers of the Aqueduct Bridge in the Shorpy photo. The span was superseded by the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge, completed downriver in 1923. The Aqueduct was dismantled 10 years later.

Little of the original bridge remains, but the abutment on the Washington shore is still there (see photo below.) This would be to the viewer's immediate right in the Shorpy photo. The rowing club is still there, too.

 
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