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Harvard Varsity Eight: 1915

Harvard Varsity Eight: 1915

"Harvard 2nd Varsity Eight, 1915. Whitemarsch -- Brown -- Potter -- Talcott -- H. Middendorf -- Richardson -- Capt. Meter -- Busk -- coxswain Cameron." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Clothes makes the crew

I have to say that even when I was on the fourth boat in high school (and it didn't get any lower than that, because we didn't have any other boats that still floated) we managed to get everyone in the same shirt and shorts for the formal picture.

What the H

Why does the coxswain of a Harvard crew have an M on his sweater? Apparently the crew uniforms weren't. Were H's (and jockstraps) scarce in 1915?

Men's Eight

Benjamin Spock (yeah, Dr. Spock) won an Olympic gold medal in the Men's Eight: Paris, 1924.

Unflattering bulge

Does that guy on the right have a few extra turnbuckles stored in his shorts?


Then as now, exceptionally well-endowed.

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