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FOOTBALL fans in 1954


It's November 1954 and Princeton is playing Yale. We can once again thank Donald G. Schnabel for these snapshots. And again I'm able to find theme photos for Sepia Saturday because of Donald.

Imagine getting dressed up like this to go to a game. People don't even get this dressed up to go to work. Well, not in California. Different times nicely captured in old 35 mm Kodachrome slides.

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This first shot is of Betty with a fellow who was in some of Donald's shots from Paris that I posted in January. No idea who he was.

The rest of these folks are all unknown, but oh my they look so stylish.





Oh yeah, the game. Views of the game from the nosebleed section.

Who won? Scroll down to find out.





18 comments:

  1. Those last-minute, come-from-behind wins are either exhilarating or crushing - depending on who you're rooting for, of course. Even on the winning side, those last minute wins make me so nervous I hate 'em. But I love 'em too. A sort of love/hate relationship. However, the excitement of such a win, after it has been accomplished, is worth the beforehand stress! :)))

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    1. Oh yeah, I hear you. The agony of defeat, even though I never left my Lazy-Boy.

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  2. Love that red hat. The slides have stood the test of time very well. Mine see all faded.

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    1. I do wonder if it kept her warm. More fashion than function.

      At least with Photoshop you can bring the color back to your slides. Fortunately all of these are just as you see them. Kodachrome holds its color.

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  3. A perfect choice for the theme. I like the minimalist gridiron teams with non-steroid enhanced physiques (not that we'd expect supermen from Princeton or Yale) and no battalions of sideline coaches, cheerleaders, and waterboys.

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    1. Yes, before it became robots on the field. And please, please, get rid of the cheerleaders!

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  4. Beautiful Kodachrome shots again, thank you T+L. I love those colours. The atmosphere on that cold day as depicted in the shot from the "nosebleed section" is palpable.

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    1. You are most welcome. It's always fun to go through the Schnabel slides and find some gems.

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  5. Fabulous photographs, and the colours seem so true and fresh for photographs of that age, Such a wealth of historical detail in each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. We get to do a bit of time traveling. And you're welcome.

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  6. The only time people here get dressed up like in your photos, even down to the hats for both men and women, is when they are going to the races - I really don't know why!

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    1. Must only be events like the Derby, because the folks at the county fair who come for the races are dressed only for comfort.

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  7. And there's a fur coat in the stands as well...speaking of comfort, and style. Lovely shots, I can almost feel the cool crisp air, hear the loud kids yelling, and no huge amplified roars.

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    1. And who had the flask. Someone had to have a flask.

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  8. My Grandmother - who graduated from the University of Penn always attended home games against their rivals - always dressed up and knew nothing about the game or its rules. They were in the same league (the Ivy League) as Princeton and Yale - and their rival was Cornell.

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    1. I remember my mom talking about going to Penn games with friends because someone she knew went there.

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  9. I just love the dressed-up look. Long may it live.

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  10. My dad said they used to dress up for football games at the University of Virginia. I know that tradition continued into recent times -- I wonder if it still does.

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