Amaze your sports fans with how their great-grandparents survived tackles and vigorous workouts without protective headgear nor the benefit of modern dry-wicking fabrics of today. You can score some terrific photographs showing players and teams sporting leather helmets, flimsy boots and wool jerseys by looking for digitized public domain photographs in online archives.
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Make college and high school archives part of your playbook for finding yearbooks, student newspaper articles, alumni publications and photograph collections which may have images and information about your athletic ancestor’s sports activities. If you don’t find local or regional newspapers online, historical societies or local libraries may have back issues or microfilm for coverage of area sporting events. Don’t forget to look for community sports clubs and leagues.
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“Football — Games/Action,” 1922. Georgia Tech History Digital Portal, accessed September 21, 2016, http://history.library.gatech.edu/items/show/13629.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Mrs. Molla Bjurstedt Mallory.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 18, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “The former national tennis champion Mrs. George Wightman of Boston formerly Hazel Hotchkiss defeated by Molla Bjurstedt at Phila. Saturday.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 18, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/