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Cornell Crew: 1914

Cornell Crew: 1914

June 1914. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Cornell 2nd Varsity." Let's all pull together, men! College rowers on the Hudson in the heyday of the Poughkeepsie Regatta. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


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On the Brandishing of Oars in Photos

Back when I was in this sort of portrait, we all held our oars in our right hands. Usually what lefties there are row port, as a rule the even-numbered guys and the stroke, whom I'm guessing is the fellow on the right who failed to get with the oar-holding program. Mr. Andrus might have been a leftie, but I doubt many of the others were.


Even though these young men are of the same general age of my great grandfather, I have to say that there are a few that are ... yummy.

With my little eye I spy

No doubt about it, these young men are lefties, but the coxswain is the unknown factor.

Avert your eyes, ladies

I'm kind of afraid to "view full size" on this one.

Wrong tag

Shouldn't this be in the "Member Photos" section?

[Snort. - Dave]

re: lefties

Au contraire. I'm a leftie and if I were to pose with a giant oar, I'd hold it up with my left hand, not the right, as the majority of the gentlemen here.

(Unless your comment was a suggestive remark about something I don't seem to see.)

Fast Crew

The Cornell Junior ["second"] Varsity Eight won their two-mile race at the Intercollegiate Regatta on June 26, 1914, with a time of 11 minutes, 15 3/5 seconds, beating Columbia, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, who all crossed the finish less than a minute behind them. Their prize was a large silver punch bowl, the Kennedy Challenge Trophy, which went back to the Cornell trophy case for another year. The official Intercollegiate Rowing Association programs for every Poughkeepsie Regatta from 1895 to 1949 are available as online pdf files, from the archives of the Marist College Library in Poughkeepsie.
Here is the Cornell JV Eight list from the 1914 Program.

The bridge in the background

is the Poughkeepsie (High Railroad) Bridge, or since 2009 the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and poster child for hard fought and successful rail-to-trail conversions:

It's Always Been Said

That Cornell is a well endowed school.

Talk about dumb

Poughkeepsie was too cheap to build the new and necessary boat houses and quarters for the school crews, so the colleges moved the regatta elsewhere. This was a world famous tourist attraction that brought thousands of folks to Poughkeepsie. I have never understood this decision.

Just a female POV

It does feel rather odd to consider a man long gone sexy but that shirtless fella on the right really caught my eye and would be the guy I would admire(to say the least) on any beach today too. And speaking of "admiration"--not to put a fine point on it, but I am wondering if athletes wore jock straps (or even underwear) in the good old days because this picture sure indicates they were "out there and lovin' it"! (with aplogies to "Seinfeld")

It appears that

the lefties out number the righties in this instance.

Famous one among us?

Could the fourth from the left be a Kennedy?

And on the far left

Famed rower Wun Hung-lo of the Cornell team.

Franks & Beans

The guy 2nd from the right must be thinking
"I'm too sexy for my shirt too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts"

the guy sitting in front can't wait to get back to his Radio repair course.

[That's the coxswain. - Dave]

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