• Numerous pennant wavers. - Wystan
  • Woodrow Wilson, The President of the United States. - Wystan

Army-Navy football, 1913 (LOC)

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Army-Navy football, 1913


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo showing spectators, including President Woodrow Wilson, at the Army-Navy football game played at the Polo Grounds in New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.14947

Call Number: LC-B2- 2922-24

  1. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

    Even then, the cadets stood during the entire game, which was played on November 29, 1913, at the Polo Grounds, in New York City. Army sank Navy and won the game, 22-9.

  2. Pixel Wrangler 59 months ago | reply

    Isn't that President Woodrow Wilson (talking to the man in the fur coat)?

  3. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

    Yes, the President did attend the game that day:

    NYT story on November 14 said that Wilson's family also would be there:

    The rumpled flag in the photo must indicate the Presidental box.

    So now we have to figure out who the guy in fur was -- an autograph hound? or a bodyguard in mufti?

  4. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

    This is fascinating:

    Dwight D. Eisenhower was a linebacker for Army in the 1912 game (which Army lost, 6-0). If only Ike had stayed around for another year, Wilson could have watched a future President playing ball!

  5. kchi (LOC P&P) 59 months ago | reply

    Thanks for spotting President Wilson. We'll add the information to the record when we update.

  6. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

    Alas, in this image President Wilson is not merely spotted, but virtually obliterated by that ancient moisture stain on the glass negative.

  7. Wystan 59 months ago | reply

    Going back for a pass:

    West Point cadets enter the field:

    Army mascot, with the extra measure of reserve power that enabled Army to win the game:

    Navy mascot on the field:

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