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March Mildness: 1908

March Mildness: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Basket-ball at Columbia University." A short workout in the gym. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


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I believe that this picture

I believe that this picture was taken in what is now the 'blue gym' in the fitness center. Looking at the top of picture, the railings have the same handiwork as what is currently in place, and the large column that makes up the left border now stands at the front of a glass partitioned aerobics room.

Converse-ly speaking

Oh Converse, where art thou? These guys looked like they weren't wearing Converse basketball sneakers; they look like they're wearing bowling rent-a-shoes.

Starting a Trend

The guy in the black shirt is experimenting with short shorts. They will be come the norm in Basketball until the 1990's.

Which building?

I went to CU in the late '70's. I can't recognize which building this is. Anyone else know where this was on campus or was it at an off-campus building?

2 Pairs

My guess is that he has another pair of shoes just like these, just opposite colors.

There is this to be said about them

Not a tattoo in sight.

Key Board

And here we can see why they're called "the key" and the "backBOARD".

It's a good thing

... that jumping hasn't been invented yet, because those shoes offer no ankle support and that floor is bumpier than the old Boston Garden.

Two Pickers

You in the front, quit picking at it or it'll never heal. And you in the back, quit picking your nose!

Great shot!

From the guy checking out his knee and the old weight machines to the fellow in the BG who is missing a shoe (or mismatched his colors for the day), this is a wonderfully evocative shot. And speaking of shoes, what are the rest of these boys wearing on their feet? Early (and rather colorful) 20th century sneakers?

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