SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Washington Varsity: 1913

Washington Varsity: 1913

June 1913. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Washington Varsity 8." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. So why do some of the rowers in these pictures (above, and also two men here) have bandaged abs ... chafing from where the oars hit? Intra-crew knife fights?

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

Poughkeepsie Again

Poughkeepsie used to hold a regatta every year. Schools from all over the US would come to compete. I rowed for Marist College in Poughkeepsie in the early 1980's. Last Sunday the railroad bridge was reopened as a pedestrian walkway. They did a fantastic job of refurbishing the bridge and the views are incredible.


This is the railroad bridge over the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. I rowed for Vassar College and know that spot well.


W shirt guy is very attractive!


Can anyone confirm where this photo was taken? That bridge in the background looks very much like the old train bridge that spans the Hudson River here in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Was it easier to row while wearing underpants? I've seen a few of these pictures and they all appear to be wearing their underwear! Or were these the early version of gym shorts? Regardless, they leave nothing to the imagination, eh?


I was a rower in college, and it's very very difficult on the ribs, especially if your back isn't strong enough to handle the swing of the stroke properly. Strained rib muscles and fractured ribs were all too common -- I'm guessing that's why they would have the tape on, though it doesn't look like it would actually do much. Generally, the oar doesn't actually hit your abs as you finish the stroke, although maybe that was different back in 1913.

I love all the pics you post of rowers, by the way!

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.