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Football Rivalry

“Fourteen members of the Norwich Free Academy (NFA) 1898 football team draw the camera’s eye to the center of the photograph where one player, dressed in a striped rugby-like shirt holds a football labeled NFA ’98.  His look is direct, open, perhaps defiant, and certainly smug.  His teammates, most dressed in quilted knicker-like pants, heavyweight knitted knee socks, leather shoes, and solid colored turtle neck sweaters, surround him in a kind of relaxed, confident embrace. On the floor in front, a relatively tall lad, reclining on his left side, hair parted jauntily in the middle, stares into the camera.  His left hand touches the leather “head harness” next to him on the floor.  The whole picture conveys pride, skill, confidence, strength and youthful bravado.  It is one of the oldest football photographs in the Norwich Free Academy archives” (excerpt taken from an article written by Geoff Serra, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Norwich Free Academy, for the Fall 2009 issue of Connecticut Explored). read more...




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