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Thursday, June 11, 2020


This photo of the Stanford U. rowing team from about 1912 
should make the Bum Brigade and its Belgian president happy.

6 comments:

  1. Always a favorite photo of mine. A lineup of beautiful men! But does anyone have an opinion or knowledge about why they're all naked? Was it a photo op? Or was it common for certain college sports teams to practice naked in this era?

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    1. Good question. I've seen photos of rowing teams from that era practicing in shorts, but that doesn't mean that all of them did. Could it have been a gag? College boys love those.

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    2. As far as I have been able to establish, most rowing teams - as with swimming teams - in America and Britain trained naked and wore a pair of close-fitting wool shorts with what was then known in England as a "singlet" which was like a running vest, usually bearing the college, team or club logo. There is a photograph knocking about the internet of the Harvard rowing team from the early 1970s training in a gym dry-dock, their genitals where necessary blurred out, which I think was sourced to the magazine Time and demonstrates that the habit of training naked went on until the 1980s.

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    3. Sorry, I should have said that the short and singlet strip was worn for competitions which necessarily took place in public as a spectator sport.

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  2. I believe that they knew that there would be in the future a passionate person of beautiful buttocks in Belgium. This is probably why they posed naked :-)

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    1. Well they should have known someone would like it, and based on the reaction so far, it was more than just our Belgian friend.

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