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National Rowing Hall of Fame
Rowing History Exhibit


G. W. Blunt White Building, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic CT


Mystic Seaport Museum - National Rowing Foundation
Friends of Rowing History - Ready All Row

 Let Her Run!
Inaugural Exhibition List of Objects
in G.W. Blunt White Building
Mystic Seaport Museum

An exhibition of artifacts reflecting the maritime and aquatic roots and early development of competitive rowing prior to the modern era, mounted in conjunction with the opening of the National Rowing Foundation’s National Rowing Hall of Fame at Mystic Seaport.  This major long term exhibition on rowing history is sponsored by the Friends of Rowing History, the National Rowing Foundation and Mystic Seaport Museum. This catalogue was written, and this list compiled, by Thomas E Weil.

The opportunity to utilize the W. H. Blunt White Building space resulted from the tireless efforts of W. Hart Perry working with Paul O'Pecko, Vice President, Collections and Research, Mystic Seaport Museum.

The National Rowing Hall of Fame room display was organized by W. Hart Perry, NRF Executive Director and Mystic Seaport Museum Adjunct Curator for Rowing, and Gillian Perry, NRF Executive Secretary and Mystic Rowing Volunteers Coordinator.

The rowing history exhibition is co-curated by William Miller and Thomas E. Weil, Mystic Seaport Museum Visiting Curators for Rowing History. The co-curators would like to express their special appreciation to each of the lenders for entrusting their treasures to this project.

The staff of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the volunteers of Ready All Row worked seamlessly with extraordinary intensity to renovate the National Rowing Hall of Fame space and the rowing history exhibition rooms and to assist in the mounting of the exhibition. The Ready All Row volunteers continue to generously support the project by providing reception staffing for the W. H. Blunt White Building and interpretive services for the exhibition.

See Mystic Seaport Magazine, July 2009
See NRF photos of the exhibit opening at
See US Rowing Let Her Run! video tour at
See You Tube Crossroads Magazine TV segment at


G.W. Blunt White Building Exhibit Plan

Room 1
              Prints, Photographs & Posters
Room 2
              National Rowing Hall of Fame display
Room 3              History of rowing display
        Cabinet   1    The Roots of Rowing
                              Doggett's Coat & Badge
                              Oxford & Cambridge Rowing
                              Eton & Westminster Rowing
        Cabinet   2    British Empire Professionals & The Claspers
                              Henley Royal Regatta
                              British Clubs & Associations
        Cabinet   3    American Clubs & Associations
        Cabinet   4    Schuylkill River & Navy
                              National Association of Amateur Oarsmen
        Cabinet   5    Yale & Harvard Rowing
                              1869 International Boat Race
        Cabinet 6 & 7 
(special exhibit)
        Cabinet   8    American Colleges
        Cabinet   9    Schoolboy Rowing
                              American Professionals
        Cabinet 10    Olympic Rowing
        Cabinet 11    Women & Rowing
        Cabinet 12    Canadian Rowing
                              Global Reach of Rowing
                              Spectator Boats & Trains
        Cabinet 13    International Regattas
                              Coaches & Training
        Cabinet 14    Rowing Popularity 
        Cabinet 15    Rowing Art
                              Rowing History Exhibitions & Preservation


Contents Directory

Except as otherwise noted, items on display are from the private collection of Thomas E. Weil.

Key to other lenders
    TC		Mrs. Torry Cooke
    WM		William Miller
    HRR/TW	Henley River & Rowing Museum / Thomas E. Weil Collection
    MSM/TW	Mystic Seaport / Thomas E. Weil Collection
    NRF/EB	National Rowing Foundation / Ernest Bayer Collection
    NRF/F-S	National Rowing Foundation / Peter Falk-Stearns Collection
    NRF/TCM	National Rowing Foundation / Thomas C. Mendenhall Collection
    WHP		W. Hart Perry

Hanging from ceiling in lobby of Blunt-White building  - 
Wooden single scull “By George” built by legendary American boatmaker George Pocock in his Seattle workshop, with accompanying pair of wooden sculls hung over the entrance to Room 1


Room 1
The large format items in this room touch upon the English roots of rowing, professionals, clubs, college crews and contests, fine art, regatta publicity, women, the Olympics and rowing history exhibitions as introductions to the more detailed presentations in room 3.

[1]           Hand colored lithograph.  “Eton Beating Westminster - Staines Bridge,  May 12th, 1836,” by Andrew Picken. The first schoolboy rowing rivalry.  [NRF/TCM]

 [2]          Hand colored lithograph  “Match Between Eton and Westminster, Rowed at Putney, Augt. 1st. 1843.  The Eton winning by fourteen boats length” Drawn and lithographed by R. K. Thomas, and printed by Day & Haghe. [NRF/TCM]

[3]           Colored lithograph  “The Procession of the Boats, Oxford,” by Vincent Brooks after an 1858 watercolor by George Howse, published in 1859 by Ryman of Oxford as the third in a series of classic 19th century rowing views in which “The Start” and “The Race” show the bumps races between the Oxford college boat clubs on the Isis, and this image displays the subsequent ritual procession of the contestants.  [NRF/TCM]

[4]           Lithograph.  A French view of club boating featuring coxed quads (but note the single, double and triple in the distance) near Lyon.  The initials “UN” stand for l’Union Nautique de Lyon, founded in 1880, and together with the lion, anchor and crossed oars, make up the elements of the club’s emblem.  [NRF/F-S]

[5]           Hand colored lithograph  “A Modern College Scull. Graduating with all the honors,” drawn by Thomas Worth and published by Currier & Ives in 1876 as one of a series of comic rowing views.  Emerging from under a bridge labelled “Pons Asinorum” (“Bridge of Fools”), the oarsman carries trophies representing each year of his undergraduate career.  MSM 2005.110.125 (TEW)

[6]           Hand colored lithograph  Another Thomas Worth contribution to Currier & Ives 1876 comic series, “The Champion Rowist - The Pride of the Club” mocks the current fascination with club rowing.  MSM 2005.110.123 (TEW)

[7]           Hand colored lithograph.  The biggest and most elaborate rowing print issued by Currier & Ives, the famous “printmakers to the American people,” this 1867 view of “James Hammill, and Walter Brown, in their Great Five Mile Rowing Match for $4000 & the Championship of America” celebrates two professional scullers in their prime as some of the best known athletes of the era (see their photographs on shelf 2 of cabinet 9).

[8]           Hand colored lithograph.  The notorious rivalry between Canadian Ned Hanlan and New Yorker Charles Courtney, which featured sabotaged boats, alleged poisonings, gamblers and a lot of quitting by Courtney, dominated professional sculling in America for several years.  This 1879 print superimposed photo-derived head images of the rivals (see the originals on shelf 2 in cabinet 9) on a stock format to generate sales to a public alternatively fascinated and disgusted by the shenanigans.  MSM 2005.110.55 (TEW)

[9]           Chromolithographic poster.  Designed by Bristow Adams, a member of the university faculty, and published in 1909, “Cornell” captures the pride of the campus in their famous crews, coached by then-retired professional Charles Courtney, which laid claim to supremacy on the waters as well as the occasional world record. MSM 2005.110.127 (TEW)

[10]         Gouache on board.  Rowing at Oxford and Cambridge is concentrated in the college boat clubs, which hold two multi-day bump race series each year, the Lents and Mays at Cambridge, and the Torpids and Summer Eights at Oxford.  “The Summer Eights at Oxford” was used as the original for a popular postcard c.1910 (see shelf 3 of cabinet 1).  [NRF/TCM]

[11]         Chromolithographic poster.  “The Last Mile.”  A dramatic reminder, drawn by Hibberd V.B. Kline in an unusual triptych format, and published in 1909, of the brutal final push when crews typically raced two to four miles instead of 2000 meters.

 [12]        Chromolithographic poster.  A colorful and fanciful conceit by R.A. Rheem, “The Crew of the Future” was issued in 1909, just six years following the Wright brothers first flight, and at a time when America’s interest in college rowing was still mainstream.

On floor in corner between end wall and side wall -              Narragansett rowing machine

[13]         Offset printed poster.  Thomas Eakins is the foremost rowing artist in history, and his 1874 oil, John Biglin in Single Scull, now in the Whitney Collection of Sporting Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, is one of his best known and beloved images. 

[14]         Printed broadside.  “Grand Regatta! The Saugerties Rowing Club will hold its Fifth Annual Regatta, On the Beautiful “Esopus,” at Saugerties, N.Y. Thursday, July 18, 1878.” At the height of rowing’s popularity in the 19th century, railroads and riverside towns with rail access would promote regattas to attract spending spectators to the event. MSM 2005.110.26 (TEW)

[15] and [16]           Colored lithographs by Wing Hunter, published by Emanuel Colodny in 1931.  [above] “Poughkeepsie Regatta of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association - June 16, 1931”  Over the years, the site of the IRA championship regatta has moved from the Hudson River venue  to Marietta, Ohio, and thence to Lake Onondaga at Syracuse, New York, before settling for the present on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. [below]  “Harvard Yale Crew Race” shows the classic view of a finish at Bartlett’s Cove after a four mile upstream row on the Thames River, with Yale’s Gales Ferry boathouse visible on the far shore beyond the line of yachts moored along the midstream side of the course. [NRF/TCM]

[17]         Silk screen print.  Jim Anderegg’s “Late Fall Practice,” created in 1948 after Anderegg saw the Princeton crew on Lake Carnegie rowing into the glow of a car’s headlights, is the iconic 20th century image of college rowing. MSM 2004.83.4 (TEW)

[18]         .  Offset printed poster.  Typical of Tom Kudzma’s prolific output of regatta posters from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, “Spring Festival Regatta and New England Women’s Championships  Lowell, Massachusetts  May 19, 1974” displays his use of color, diverse fonts and vintage wood engravings to illuminate and celebrate rowing.  MSM 2004.83.36 (TEW)

[19]         Offset printed poster.  This photonegative-based stern-on view of an eight in mid-stroke, designed by Fritz Fenzl Aicher, Joksch, Wirthner, Nagy and printed by Fehling, Hanover in stunning colors produced one of the most highly acclaimed posters issued for the 1972 Munich Olympics. MSM  2005.110.53 (TEW)

[20]         Offset printed poster.  The first U.S. exhibition of rowing art and artifacts was curated by UC Santa Barbara University Art Museum director David Farmer in conjunction with the 1984 Summer Olympics (see catalogue in shelf 3 of cabinet 15).  The Rowing/Olympics logo was adapted from an 1895 regatta poster by Belgian artist Auguste Donnay.

[21]         Offset printed poster.   “Reflections On A Tradition” at Georgetown University in 1990 is the only significant rowing legacy display prior to 2008 in connection with an annual meeting of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen or its successor, USRowing, since 1872.  The exhibition poster features the dramatic lithographic print “The Last Mile” (see opposite wall).

Three images over the entryway from the lobby  [22], [23] and [24]  Printed broadsides issued by rail roads to convince passengers to ride their trains to get to boat races.  [left] Cornell-Harvard “Intercollegiate Boat Race/ on Owasco Lake,/ Wednesday, July 17, 1878” (see the Cornell freshmen memento of this race on shelf 1 of cabinet 8) MSM 2005.110.44 (TEW); [center] Grand/ Regatta!/ At Springfield,/ Friday, August 27, 1858./ $500.00 in Prizes!!” MSM 2005.110.119 (TEW); [right] ./ Boat Races/ Wednesday, July 22nd, and Friday, July 24th,/ at/ Lake Quisigamond./ Special Trains to Lake Signal.” MSM 2005.110.135 (TEW)

[25]         Embroidered silk banner of the Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy. MSM 2005.110.43 (TEW) [Removed for conservation]

[26]         Albumen studio portrait.  This large image of the 1884 national champion senior eight of the Columbia Boat Club, Washington, D.C. provides a wonderful record of contemporary rowing clothing, the form and display of personal medals, a championship trophy, championship silk banners, and some quite sturdy legs. MSM 2004.83.4 (TEW)

[27]         Felt pennant.  A common wall decoration in 20th century collegiate rooms and team symbol at sports events, the felt pennant, this representing Cornell crew, has celebrated innumerable teams and schools for decades.  MSM/TEW?

[28]         Silver print photograph mounted on board.   The unfavorable impression left by the 1905 Vesper Boat Club entry for the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta set the stage for the Regatta Stewards’ rejection of Jack Kelly Sr’s Diamond Sculls application in 1920.  Here, Leander Club, based in Henley-on-Thames, beats Vesper in an early heat in the regatta.  [WM]

[29]         Two albumen photographs.   The July 18, 1883 race between ex-champion Ned Hanlan and reigning champion Wallace Ross ettled who was the better man.  [left] The view of the start shows Hanlan, fittingly, away in a blur; he set a new record for four miles, beating the humiliated Ross by over a minute, as seen in the adjacent view of the finish [right].  [NRF/F-S]

[30]         Silver bromide sepia print photograph c.1910.  Contesting America’s oldest rowing rivalry, which dates from 1852, Yale and Harvard race through the finish line flags in a classic upstream four mile battle on the Thames. [NRF/F-S]

[31]         Three albumen photographs.  Harvard oarsman Warren Norton Goddard ‘79 shows the prevailing style on a rowing machine, with views of the beginning of the stroke, the finish of the body swing, and the end of the leg drive and arm draw.  [NRF/F-S]

Six attached framed images over the doorway from Room 1 to Room 2 – [32] New Yorker covers: five of the six relate explicitly to the Yale-Harvard boat race; that five of these images appeared during the first twelve years of the magazine’s existence, and only one in the last 70 years, may be a measure of the declining significance of the event to its readership over that period.  Left to right:  25/06/1927 cover by Ilonka Karasz; 20/06/1931 cover by Liam S. Dunne; 15/06/1935 cover by Garrett Price; 20/06/1936 cover by Afronengold; 27/05/1961 cover by CEM; 26/06/1926 cover by Julian de Miskey.


Room 2 (middle passage ) U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame display

The Varsity Challenge Cup, a tall, heavily decorated sterling silver trophy in the shape of an enormous pitcher or ewer, presented in 1898 by by Dr. Louis L. Seaman of Cornell, to be held for one year by each winner of the Varsity Eight-Oared Shells event of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.  On loan by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

The Stewards' Cup was presented in 1900 by Francis S. Bangs of Columbia.  It was to be held for one year by each winner of the Freshman Eight-Oared Shells event of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. On loan by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

U.S. Olympic Team oar from the 2004 Athens Games gold medal U.S. crew.  Donated to the National Rowing Foundation by Chris Ahrens, a member of the crew.


Room 3 - History of rowing display
Until the 18th century, throughout man’s history, rowing was almost never used for sport and recreation – it was the hard work of triremes and galleys, fishing dorys, whaleboats, pilot gigs, lifeboats, and, most of all, the wherries and cutters manned by watermen, lightermen or ferrymen wherever bodies of water provided a means of, or barrier to, passage.

 In classical times, oared vessels engaged in the offense and defense of Greek and Roman cities and empires, and provided the most efficient means for moving heavy cargos around the Mediterranean littoral.  Sails were used when the winds were favorable, but the need for quick manouvers, and movement when the winds were lacking, made oarsmen the prime movers of the navies and merchant vessels in that era, and they remained the masters of smaller water transport craft for over two thousand years, until displaced by steam and internal combustion engines.

As more people became urbanised in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the middle and upper classes found extra time on their hands, proponents of the benefits of exercise hailed rowing as one of the most healthy pastimes, and an activity that had theretofor been practiced almost exclusively by the working class began to be seen as a source of recreation and amusement.  For some, it was the first step in an athletic career that encompassed many forms of exercise.

Cabinet 1 / Shelf 1 The roots of rowing
Watermen were among the first of the trades to be regulated by statute.  Between the apprenticeships required by the guild, the fares dictated by Parliament, the competition for customers and the toil of the oar, watermen had little opportunity to rise above grinding poverty.

Book  LeRoy, La Marine des Anciens Peuples.  Paris: Nyon/Stoupe, MDCCLXXVII [1777].  Imagined section of a trireme.

Wood eng  20/07/1869 Chatterbox.   “Female Heroism” 23-year old Grace Darling and her lighthouse keeper father

Wood eng  [1881] “The Sailor’s Wife.” By C Vosson after [?] Ulysse Butin.  Goupil & Co. Paris.

Col illus 12/05/1934 Saturday Evening Post “The Last Gloucesterman” by Gordon Grant

Steel eng  1873 City of Boston/ [From South Boston]/ J.D. Woodward, Del.  E.P. Brandard/ New York, D. Appleton & Co.

Col lith  View of Uraga, Yedo Bay”  W. Heine  T. Sinclairs, Lith. Phil.

Copper eng  "A View of an Italian Regatta or Gondola Race on the Grand Canal at Venice &c." by Charles Theodore Middleton London: 1778.

Photo  c.1890  J. Ludovici, N.Y. [Venetian Doge galley model]

Pamphlet  16th November 1699 Parliament Resolution regulating watermen’s fares.  Published 1700.  [WM]

Waterman’s license on vellum issued to George Barton, Parish of Shadwell, County of Middlesex, whose time expired 07/09/1793

Aquatint  “View of Lambeth from Millbank.” J. Farington R.A. delt.  Pub. June 1, 1793, by J. & J. Boydell, Cheapside London.

Photo  c. 1897 [fishing? champions with oars]

Broadside  7-10/08/1821 King’s Theatre, Richmond “In consequence of the Death of Her Majesty, the Rowing Match which was to have taken place on Monday next, In Honor of the King’s Birthday, Will be postponed to a future Day, of which due Notice will be given.” 

Cabinet 1 / Shelf 2 - Doggett’s Coat and Badge
Organised boat racing began in 1715 with the establishment of Doggett’s Coat and Badge, a race for Tideway watermen in their first year out of apprenticeship.  In addition to the distinguished coat and large silver badge, these “rookies of the year” also constituted the pool from which the monarch’s bargemen were selected.  The success of the races as a popular attraction led to other races for watermen as well.

Copper eng  “The Contest for Doggett’s Coat and Badge/ A Prize rowed for every 1st of Augst”  Published by Rodgson & Co., 1838.

News photo  August 1932 “Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race Reunion”  Harry Silvester, a previous winner, congratulating his son, the latest winner.

Photo  c.1990  Queen’s watermen Bushnell, Arlett, Dott, Barry, Taylor, Phelps and Turk on the Leander raft.

Col illus of 1912 b/w photo.  Royal Barge rowing upstream at 1912 Henley Royal Regatta  [HRR/TW]

Book  The Oarsman’s Guide to the Thames and Other Rivers By A Member of the Leander Club. Comprising Tables of Distances, Particulars of the Inns and Railway Stations on the Banks, Locks, Tolls, Flowing of the Tide, and Other Useful Information. Lambeth: sold by Messrs. Searle, [1857].

Copper eng from The London Magazine: ... for July, 1775.  “A Humorous Scene at the Regatta./ Publish’d as the Act directs Augt 1 1775” by J.W.

Book  Donald Walker, British Manly Exercises: in which Rowing and Sailing are now First Described.  Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle, 1836.

Book  “Uncle John,” The Boy’s Book of Sports and Games   New York: Geo. S. Appleton, 1852 [but copyright 1850]

Cabinet 1 / Shelf 3 - Oxford and Cambridge
The base of rowing at England’s two most venerable universities is in the college boat clubs, some of which date to the 1810’s, and which have their own extensive rowing programs.  Some of the oldest and most beautiful team sport trophies are the pewter mugs and tankards won in Oxbridge boat club races.  The Boat Race, first held in 1829, is one of England’s major sporting spectacles, and attracts collegiate oarsmen from around the world to compete for Oxford’s Dark Blue or Cambridge’s Light Blue..  Cricket and rowing dominated the emergence of team sport at Oxford and Cambridge, where it was centered in the residential college boat clubs.

The first Boat Race between the universities took place at Henley in 1829; every subsequent contest was on the Tideway, most often over the approximately 4 miles from Putney to Mortlake.  The race, which in its heyday drew more spectators than any other sporting event could ever hope to, continues to be one of the defining dates on the British sporting calendar.

Book  [John Fitzherbert Bateman]:  Aquatic Notes, or Sketches of the Rise and Progress of Rowing at Cambridge.  By a Member of the C.U.B.C.  With a Letter, Containing Hints on Rowing and Training, by Robert Coombes, Champion-Sculler.  Cambridge and London, 1852.

Receipt  19/11/1857 Trinity College First Boat Club October Term receipt for L3.15s.

Prize tankard  “Emmanuel Sculling Races/ [arms]/ Lent Term 1855/ 2nd Prize/ 25 Boats Entered/ S. Nairne”

Stereoview  “The Cambridge University Crew./ Henley Regatta./ 1858.”

Sheet music  c.1870  “Inscribed to the Rowing Men of Oxford./ The Boat Race,/ Written B.S. Mongomery  Composed J.L. Hatton/ London.”

Cdv  1869 Oxford crew by W & A.H. Fry,/ Photographic Artists,/ 68, East Street Brighton[HRR/TW]

Prize tankard by James Dixon & Sons “Balliol College/ [college arms]/ Scratch Fours/ 1865”

Postcard “Summer Eights”  Published after original gouache in Room 1

Postcards  c. 1912 Series of Oxford University Oars, Flags, and Arms.  (1st) University, Merton, Balliol, Exeter, Oriel, Queen’s Colleges; (2nd) New, Lincoln, Magdalen, Brasenose, Corpus Christi, Christ Church, Trinity, St. John’s Colleges; (3rd) Jesus, Wadham, Pembroke, Worcester, St. Edmund Hall, Hertford, Keble, St. Catherine’s Colleges.

Prize medal  By Munsey Cambridge [obv] “Universitas Cantabrigiensis” [rev] “Trial Eights/ 1883”

Race program  Thursday, May 21./ Taunt’s/ Daily/ Chart/ of the/ Eight-Oared Races, 1914./ [etc.] Oxford.

Photo  c .1920.  By Kidd & Baker, Cambridge.  One Cambridge college eight about to bump another.

Dinner program  “St. Edmund Hall Boat Club/ Bump Supper/ The Torpids/ Wednesday, February 22nd/ 1939/ Head of the River”

Admission badge "Official 1955 Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race Souvenir," with [printed?] signatures of the two captains.

News photo   02/04/1938 “Oxford Beat Cambridge in Boat Race”

Wood eng  ILN 1864 "The Boat Procession on the River Cam in Honour of the Prince and Princess of Wales"  [HRR/TW]

Cabinet 1 / Shelf 4 - Eton and Westminster
The birthplace of organized amateur rowing (1793), Eton’s boating rituals include the 4th of June celebration featuring naval uniforms, flowery hats and tossed oars.  The importance of rowing at Westminster is evidenced by the prominence of this article in an 1847 school newsletter.

One of the two earliest rowing amateur rivalries was between the English private schools of Eton, located in the shadow of Windsor Castle, and Westminster, in the center of London.  Amateur boat racing had its deepest roots at Eton, many of whose graduates carried the sport with them to Cambridge and Oxford.

Eton’s traditional celebration of The Fourth of June, which combines extravagant dress with the practice of “tossing oars,” a bygone form of salute, while standing in the boat, continues today.  The “Eton Boating Song,” probably the best known rowing song, was written in the Northwest Frontier Territory, where today’s Taliban continue the resistance to outside authority that their forefathers demonstrated to the British.

Bound periodicals  College & T.B, Life at Westminster Occasional Papers During the Years 1845, 1846, 1847.  Westminster, MDCCCXLVII. 

Photo  c. 1890  Windsor castle from Eton boathouse

Straw boater  c. 1920  From a member of the Eton 4th of June “Britannia” crew.

Two cdvs  Eton oarsmen wearing 4th of June boaters. 

Photo  c.1980?  Standing Eton crew tossing oars and tipping boaters for 4th of June celebration.  [HRR/TW]

Prize medal  [obv] "Floreat Etona" [rev] "HS Boden (Bow)/ Trial Eights/ 1885"

Sheet music  “Eton Boating Song/ Words by the Author of “Ionica”/ Music by A.D.E.W./ Lauren Bacall in/ North West Frontier/ [etc]”

Engraved mug reflecting the lifetime athletic history of the owner.  Rowing is featured in 1864 (Eton), 1865 (Cambridge), 1866 (Cambridge), 1867 (Cambridge), 1868 (Dublin – but including the Diamonds) and 1871 (Dublin).

Cabinet 2 / Shelf 1 - British Empire professionals, and the Claspers
The spread of wagering on rowing events motivated a number of British watermen, who were excluded from amateur regattas, to focus on racing for fame and fortune as professionals.  These men, principally from Newcastle on Tyne and the Thames, were among the most celebrated sportsmen of their time.  Some also made great contributions to rowing as innovators in boat-building; the Claspers are credited with introducing the outrigger to the sport.

Six lith illustrations  c.1885. Professional scullers: J.G. Chambers, E. Hanlan, R.H. Labat, E. Laycock, W Ross, N Trickett   [HRR/TW]

Photo  c.1889 Australian professional sculling champion Henry E. Searle, with death clipping (December 10, 1889) of peritonitis.  [HRR/TW]

Three cdvs  [left] Henry Kelly ca. 1871 [center] James Renforth ca. 1871 [right] - James Renforth Rememberance ca. 1871  [WM]

Trophy goblet on wooden plinth; “Renforth/ 1920/ Robert Belyea”  Given in Renforth’s memory.

Wood eng   30/09/1871 Graphic  "The Late Champion Sculler, Renforth, on the Tyne"

Wood eng  by Sydney Hall.  Renforth posed in his single.

Race program  Thames Regatta/ for/ Watermen./ First Day, Saturday, Aug. 17, 1872


Artifacts from the Clasper family estate  [NRF/Fred Roffe]


1843 Durham Regatta silver medal won by five Clasper brothers

printed race record of JH Clasper

1845 H Clasper testimonial silver scull model

c. 1890? photo Clasper boathouse in Putney

1854 Richmond Regatta sterling silver goblet won by JH Clasper

Clasper boatbuilder sales model single scull with sculls

1856 silver plate goblet won by JH Clasper

1898 als from JH Clasper to nephew H.G. Roffe

1858 silver medal Northern Rowing Club won by JH Clasper for defeating 19 competitors

1889 International Sport Cologne exposition gold and bronze medals awarded for Clasper’s boat building

1868 Tunbridge Boating Club silver plate goblet for JH Clasper

1900 gold locket with portrait of JH Clasper and wife

n.d. silver inkwell shaped as helmeted warrior for JH Clasper

c. 1900 photo portrait of JH Clasper.  

Cabinet 2 / Shelf 2 - Henley Royal Regatta
Established in 1839, the Regatta, now run over five days, has showcased the best of British amateur rowing, and has served as a magnet for overseas crews.  It is the most prominent world event in which lightweights can compete against heavyweights.  Hart Perry was the first American Henley Steward.

Race programs
(a) 1839 Henley Regatta program and 1840 Henley regatta program framed together  
(b) Henley Royal Regatta/ Friday, July 5th, 1889/ Official Programme.
(c) Henley Royal Regatta/ The Official Programme for Wednesday. [05/07/1893]
(d) Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta/ Saturday, July 4, 1914/ Finals Day.

News photo  20/07/1922. “The Finals at Henley”  Jack Beresford congratulating Walter Hoover after being beaten by Hoover in the Diamonds, together with handwritten epigram by Beresford re losing

News photo  c.1930   “Henley’s Glorious Finale”

News photo  08/07/1937. “One of the Finishes at the Henley Royal Regatta”  Tabor winning a Thames Cup heat.

Prize medal  by Pinches.  1971 Thames Challenge Cup.

Commemorative Spode bone china mug  150th Anniversary 1839-1989  To Celebrate the Sesquicentenary of Henley Royal Regatta.

Stereoview  1858 Henley Regatta coxed four crew next to shell turned hull up. 

Stereoview  1859 “Group of Cups Contended for at Henley”

Line illus  Punch 11/07/1896  “The Loving Cup at Henley!  Father Thames (to Yale) ‘Here’s to you, boys!  Delighted to see you!’  [HRR/TW]

Medallion by Le Roy celebrating the win of the Nautique de Gand club in the 1907 Henley Grand Challenge Cup

Postcard  1907.  “Les Vainqueurs du Grand Challenge Cup 1907 Henley / Heliotype de Graeve - Gand”

Delft plate  Commemorating the victory of Dutch sculler Frits Eyken over Jack Beresford in the finals of the 1921 Diameond Sculls.

Ticket book  Henley Royal Regatta/ 1956/ Member's Book of Tickets for Teas and Refreshments in the Stewards' Enclosure.

Member badges HRR Steward’s Enclosure badges for 1932, 1956, 1960, 1971 (ladies) and 1976

Supporter button  “Washington/ / Henley ‘77/ Crew”

Cabinet 2 / Shelf 3 - British rowing clubs and associations
Until their merger in 1956, British amateur rowing was divided between Amateur Rowing Association clubs admitting oarsmen fitting within an elitist definition of “amateur,” and National Amateur Rowing Association clubs whose membership was more broadly based.  Leander Club, which dates to 1818, is the oldest and best known of British rowing clubs. 

Ceramic statue   “A Leander Member c.1840”  No. 19 of 250   [WHP]

Invitation to Leander Club 150th Anniversary Dinner, Monday, 8th July, 1968

Prize mug  "Kingston Rowing Club/ 8 Oared Race/ April 23 & 24/ 1861"

Prize oars  Pair of hallmarked sterling model sculling oars; one engraved “Sepr. 22nd 1855” and the other engraved “D.T. Frazer”

Prize medal  c.1855   “Chester/ Regatta”

Book  [John Henry Walsh/ Rev.J.G. Wood?], Rowing and Sailing.  London:  Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1863.

Prize stoppered glass flask  “R.L.R.C. [N.L.R.C.?]/ 8 Oared Race/ Sept. 16th 1866/ Won By/ R. [N.?] C. White”

Prize medal  [obv] “Belfast Amateur Rowing Club” [rev] “Mulholland Cup/ 1868/ E.M. Adams/ Stroke”

Booklet  Leander Club / List of Members 1909.

Various prize medals:  (a) [silver] Staines Amateur Regatta 1929/ Junior Eights/ Won By/ Beaumont College; (b)  [bronze] c.1930 Metropolitan [Regatta] Old Barnes Challenge Cup; (c) [bronze] c. 1930 Metropolitan Amateur Regattal/ Ben Horton L.R.C./ Vice President/ 1897-1907 Horton Cup for Fours; (d) [bronze] c.1930 Metropolitan Eight Oared Challenge Cup 1866 / Met: Amateur Regatta/ Foundation Clubs; (e) [bronze] Junr. Senr. 8 Oar Dash 1933; (f) [bronze] by Pinches 1947/ Senior/ VIII-Oar Dash; (g) Marlow Amateur Regatta 1960  [HRR/TW]; (hh cased silver proof  by Pinches London Rowing Club Estd. 1856  Trial Eights/ Vires Acquirit Eundo/ 1906; (i) Molesey Amateur Regatta CXXV/ Junior/ 15  1/ 1992

Newspaper  09/07/1787 The Morning Post, and Daily Advertiser [London] “Vauxhall Gardens” Race announcement

Prize silver shield on folding legs [obv] Y.A.R.C./ Autumn Regatta/ October 4th/ 1912/ Scratch Fours

Prize medal  [obv] North London / ARA [rev] Iris R.C./ Bottomley Cup/ Novice Fours/ Runners-Up/ 1930

Prize mug  by JT & Co. “NARA Regatta  1935  Junior Fours”

Cabinet 2 /  Shelf 4 - Rowing outside the shell
Rowing achievements include racing in lifeboats, Cornish gigs, naval cutters, Whitehalls and recreational boats, aquatic contests such as mop fighting, and distance rowing.  Amateur rowing was popularized in Europe by the 1850’s rowing tours of several English crews.  The first transAtlantic crossing for the hell of it was made by Harbo and Samuelson, two Norwegian fishermen from New Jersey, shown here in their boat.  The spread of the middle class and the freedom from crowded cities offered by boating excursions made rowing attractive to young and old.  Four of the most popular books in the Victorian and Edwardian era (The Boat Club, Alice in Wonderland, Three Men in a Boat and The Wind in the Willows) were inspired by or based upon this casual rowing.  Touring rivers in oared boats extended to foreign travel in the 1850’s; by the end of the century, two Norwegian fishermen living in New Jersey had completed the first documented trans-Atlantic crossing by oar alone.

For many years, pulling contests in cutters was one of the more common ways for naval vessels to engage intra-fleet competition.  Although most boat racing today utilizes the “shell” archetype, there is increasing interest in racing more traditional work boats and hull shapes.  And some aquatic events have more in common with the boxing ring or tournament venue than a race course.  Before the introduction of the Concept II ergometer, those searching for fitness from rowing could hop in a boat or on to a rowing machine; a remarkable number of early and mid-20th century movie stars found themselves sitting in or on one or the other for publicity shots.

Pamphlet  Janet and Bridget Cusack, Plymouth and Devonport Church and Chapel Rowing Clubs Before the 1939 – 45 War. 2000

Book  Robert Blachford Mansfield, The Log of the Water Lily (Thames Gig) During Two Cruises in the Summers of 1851-2, on the Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle, Danube, and other Streams of Germany. London: Nathaniel Cooke, 1854.

Studio card photo 1896.  Harbo and Samuelson in their rowboat “Fox” in which they made the first trans-Atlantic crossing by oar. 

News photo  10/09/1938  “Italians Win International Lifeboat Race”

Race program  Rye Annual Regatta 03/08/1874 [boulder boats, registered fishing boats, four-oared galleys, sculling with one oar]

Prize medals  USN crossed oars and 1891 silver coin for “Cutter Race”  [WM]

Prize urn Reed & Barton City of Boston/ July 4th 1892/ Neponset Rowing Regatta/ Junior Four Oared/ Working Boat  MSM 2005.110.1 (TEW)

Race program  [Royal Navy] Programme/ of/ Capital Ship Pulling Regatta/ 1939.

Prize mug by W.R. Loftus “Guards Boat Club Regatta/ 1935/ (Second)/ Mop Fighting”

News photo  02/07/1938.  “West Virginia Pulls Heartily to Victory in Navy Race”

Event button   c.1980.  “Sark Jersey Race/ Bonne Nuit Boat/ Owners Association/ Jersey Rowing Club”

News photo  30/03/1934 “Baer Does A Bit of Rowing” Max Baer training for his championship boxing match with Primo Carnera.

Prize oar  Hallmarked silver naval oar “W.J.D.”  [WHP]

Cabinet 3 /  Shelf 1 - Early American rowing / American clubs and associations
One of the greatest public spectacles of the early 19th century in New York, drawing a crowd of as many as 50,000-100,000, was the 1824 race between four New York Whitehall watermen in the “American Star” and four British sailors from a visiting warship.  The American victory was so celebrated by the people of the city (see symbolic print) that when Lafayette made his farewell tour later that year, the winning boat was presented to him (it is today the oldest Whitehall in existence). An engraving of a victorious figure emerging from the waves, the first boat-racing image published in the United States, memorialized this event.

The earliest boat clubs, dating from at least the 1830’s, are notably represented by the sheet music written in their honor.  The 1837 silver pitcher won by the Erie Boat Club for a 5-mile race is the oldest team sport trophy in America. Stereoviews made of the 1859 and 1860 regattas in New York Harbor may be among the first photographs of American team sporting events.

Sheet music:  (a) 1831 New York Boat Club.  “My Bark is My Courser.” Printed by John B. Pendleton in New York.  [NRF/F-S]; (b) 1836 “Light May the Boat Row/ Written by Jonas B. Phillips/ dedicated to the/ Amateur Boat Club association by J. Watson”; (c) 1840  “Arouse Ye Gay Comrades” to the Tiger Boat Club. written by Thomas Power. composed by Jos. Philip Knight./ Boston.  MSM 2005 xred 2005.110.170 (TEW?); (d) 1846 “Mahopac Lake Waltz”  “Club Boat Gazelle/ to The Amateur Cornet Club, by Allen Dodworth./ New York;  (e) 1865 “Waverley Galop de Concert Composed and Dedicated by Konrad Treuer to the Waverley Boat Club of New York City”; and (f) 1875 “Triton March” “To Commodore Charles Glaze. Triton Boat Club Newark N.J. Composed by Charles I. Bolles.” 

Engraving  20/05/1825  “Sketch’d by Cummings Eng by S. Maverick & J.F. Morin.” “Whitehall,” “American Star.”  “Cockwain J. Magnus” and “Oarsmen Corls. Cammeyer, Alfd. Cammeyer, Chas. Beateaugh, R. Robins.”  The first boat-racing image published in the United States.

Prize pitcher by Frederick Marquand of New York, “Awarded to the Erie Boat Club by the Judges of the Regatta  Given by Cap,’t PP Wendell For there superior skill in rowing the RACE Distance 5 miles June 19, 1837”  The oldest team sport trophy in the United States.

Race program  1838  1888/ 50th Anniversary/ Narragansett Boat Club/ Spring Regatta/ Saturday, June 23, 1888.

Race program Jamaica Boat Club Regatta/ September 25, 1875./ on/ Jamaica Pond.

Stereoview  04/07/1859 Anthony’s Instantaneous Views, No. 19/ The Regatta, July 4th, 1859. Preparing for the Start. [New York Harbor]

Stereoview  04/07/1860 “Anthony’s Instantaneous Views / Fourth of July in and about New York.  The Regatta – The Start, July 4th, 1860.

Prize goblet  “Watkins Regatta/ 1875”

Stereoview  c.1876? by R.S. DeLamater, Photo./ 258 Main Street, Hartford, Conn [Sculler posed at the catch in a sliding seat single]

Stereoview  c.1876? R.S. De Lamater, Photo./ 258 Main Street, Hartford, Conn [Six oar crew posed at the catch in a fixed seat shell] 

Prize goblet  "M.B.A./ 2.d Prize./ Four-oared Race/ Bath./ Oct. 1871./ J.A. Kennedy." "Wilcox Silver Plate"

Prize medal on ribbon 1923  Junior Eights [WM]

Prize medal on ribbon [obv] gold “PBC” “Palisade Boat Club” “Fall Regatta  1903”  [rev] “Four Oared Gig/ Won By/ H.F. Shaen/ Time 6:32”

Prize medal on ribbon [obv] “NRRC” “1901”  [rev] President’s Prize / ½ Mile Novice / Sept. 2nd / Alpheus Rehbein  [WM friend]

Prize medal on ribbon [obv] “NRRC” “1902”  [rev] 8 Oared Shell / Sept. 1st / Alpheus Rehbein  [WM friend]

 Cabinet 3 / Shelf 2 - (American clubs and associations continued)


Mss contract 1868 for a race between two scullers  [WM] 

Wood eng  26/09/1868 Frank Leslie’s “Grand Regatta of the Hudson River Rowing Association – Sept. 10th, off the Elysian Fields, Hoboken – Close of the Fourth Race. – The Mutuals Leading on the Homestretch.”

17/06/1868  Broadside  City Regatta for race between two single scullers   [WM] 

Prize tankard  "Boston Rowing Regatta/ August 1869/ Four-oard Race/ Crew"

Silk menu Banquet Given to the/ Northwestern Amateur Boating Association, by the/ Milwaukee Boat Club, Newhall House, July 13th[?], 1871.

Prize goblet by  Reed & Barton “Second Prize/ Four oared shell race/ Brooklyn Boat Club/ July 4th 1879”  MSM 2005.110.7 (TEW)

Various prize medals: () 1877  Argonauta; () Hillsdale Rowing Club 1881 Senior Fours; () “8 Oared Shell – 7th Regt. 9th Co./ vs. 2nd Co./ N.G.S.N.Y. 1883”; () Greenwood Lake 83 Eight Oared Shell; () Harlem Regatta Assn. 1886 Pair Oared Shell; () “Harlem Regatta Assn 1886 Four Oared Gig”; () “1887 Annual Regatta P.R.A. Junior 4 Oared T.? C. Powell No. 3”; () “95 M.&W.A.R.A. Senior Four Oar”; () c. xxxx Junior 4-Oar crossed oars Indian head  ; () c. 1900  "Friendship Annual Regatta"; () L.M. Bliss 04/07/1901  ; () by Dieges & Clust “Harlem Regatta Assn 1906”; () by Dieges & Cust “Harlem Regatta Association 1910 Junior/ 8/ Oared Shell Solid Gold/ / 23”; () Southern Rowing Ass’n Regatta 1916 Richmond Va; () 10k gold Senior Double 1916 C.S.A.R.A. Central States Amateur Rowing Ass’n. H.H. Vogler/ Peoria Ill./ July 3 & 4 - 16; () “Middle States Regatta Baltimore 1927 Jr 8 Oared Shells/ Won By Malta Boat Club”; () 10k gold “N.Y.R.A. 1941 May 30, 1941/ Jr. Double Gig”; () gold-filled “Northwestern R.A. International Mel’s 1948 Senior Eight”; () by Dieges & Clust [gilt/silver] on ribbon “President’s Cup Regatta – Washington, D.C. Rowing/ 1959”

Medal  Crossed oars pinback “MR” monogram in wreath  [WM]  ; Medal  New York Rowing Association circular; n.d.?  Medal/badge  Waverly enamel on gold circular blue/whit ribbon Timer bar   [WM]  ; () gold “Harlem Regatta Association [lacking sparkling stone (diamond?)] 1910  Similar to # 15 above, but Timers medallion  [WM] 

Silver colored pendant.  “North Pacific Asn. Amateur Oarsman [sic]”  “N.P.A.A.O.” 1908

Cabinet 3 / Shelf 3  (American clubs and associations continued) - Diorama and ribbons
The 1840's-1850's diorama shows the Ion Boat Club of Boston, wearing Oriental costumes in a 6-oar boat. Stimulated by the publicity surrounding the 1869 Harvard-Oxford race (see Cabinet 5), clubs spread around the country (note 1870's ribbons from southern and mid-western clubs), and provided almost all of the U.S. small boat entries in international contests prior to the modern era.

Diorama c. 1850 coxed six, dressed in Turkish style costumes, in boat with “Ion” on gunwale, U.S. ensign at the bow and “Ion” banner at the stern

Ticket  “Nassau Boat Club/ Monday, September 6th, 1869,/ Four Oared Shell Race,/ Three Miles Straight Away/ Nassau Course/ ... / Steamer ‘P.C. Schultz’ leaves 34th St., North River, at 4.30 P.M.”

Ticket  27/05/1884  First Annual Picnic The Licking Valley Rowing Assoc’n, of Newport, Ky  Holder is entitled to a chance on a Fine Double-Oared Boat.

Notice  28/02/1876  "First Annual meeting  Viking Boat Club.  Newark, N.J."

Glass tankard  c.1870  "Nassau/ N.Y./ B.C." over [TW?] monogram.  MSM 2005.110.5 (TEW)

Stereoview   c.1875. Stereoscopic Views on Cayuga Lake, No. 21 [Union Springs Boating Club] R.R. Abbott,/ Union Springs, N.Y.

Stereoview   “The Grand Regatta/ At Devils Lake, Wisconsin, June 21st and 22d, 1877”

Scrapbook  [regatta ribbons]   [NRF/F-S]

 Ribbon badge  Fourth of July/ Celebration/ City of New Bedford/ Regatta Committee/ 1892  [WM]

Prize mug  by John Frick  “P.B.C. Fall Regatta  Palisade Boat Club  1903/ Invitation/ - Eight

Cabinet photo  c. 1875  George Cobb, Binghamton, N.Y. [straight four]

Race program  xx/xx/1924 Southern Rowing Association Old Dominion 

Race program. Annual Regatta of the Southwestern Amateur Rowing Ass’n. Creve Coeur Lake/ July 19th and 20th, 1902.

10 karat gold medal. “New York Rowing Ass’n Regatta” “Junior 8 Shell/ May 30, 1923”

Cabinet 3 / Shelf 4 - (American clubs and associations continued) - Trophies, ribbons

Various race programs: (a) A Mystic Weekend of Rowing! 2007 Saturday 15 Sept 5th Annual Battle Between the Bridges Regatta/ Sunday 16 Sept 16th Annual Coastweeks Regatta; (b) 1924/ Twentieth Annual Regatta of the American Rowing Association/ American Course/ Schuylkill River/ Philadelphia, Pa./ May 31st; (c) 5th Head of the Charles Regatta Sunday October 26th 1969.6-7/04/1991; and (d) San Diego/ Crew Classic/ Crown Point Shores – Mission Bay/ April 6 & 7, 1991

Log book of the “Eutaw Club” of Augusta, Georgia, with material on the 1879 Charleston Regatta

Trophy by Reed & Barton  “N.E.A.R.A./ Labor Day/ Boston 1896 Eight Oared Shell/ Senior”  MSM 2005.110.17 (TEW)

Prize mug  by Manning Bowman & Co  “1913/ Detroit River Regatta/ Eight-Oar”

Prize plaque  “Middle States Regatta Association 1814 - 1914”  MSM 2005.110.25 (TEW)

Prize goblet   S[an] D[iego] R[owing] C[lub]/ Fall Regatta/ 1916/ Junior Four

Cabinet 4 / Shelf 1 - The Schuylkill River and Navy
The oldest (1858) rowing association in America, the Philadelphia-based Navy and Boathouse Row include some of the most notable rowing clubs in the U.S.  The river has featured not only much of the country’s prominent racing, including the 1876 Centennial Regattas, but also the oarsmen memorialized by the great rowing artist Thomas Eakins.

Sheet music  “Old Rosin the Beau ... Favorite Comic Song Dedicated to the members of the Falcon Barge by the Publisher.  Philadelphia, 1838”

1871 Flags of the Schuylkill Navy (from Waters and Balch, The Annual Illustrated Catalogue and Oarsman’s Manual for 1871) [copy] [WM]

Sheet music  Sheet music  To Castle Ringstetten./ Falls of Schuylkill, Pa./ Ringstetten March by M.D.S./ Boston: © 1883 Oliver Ditson & Co.

Race programs from 1876 regattas on Schuylkill: (a) International Amateur Regatta/ Second Day - Tuesday, August 29th ; and (b) International Rowing Regatta / Schuylkill Navy / Seventh Day – Monday, Sept. 4th, 1876. [WM] 

Prize leather disk  “Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia  Ninth Annual Regatta Awarded to Winners of Barge Race  June 2, 1883”

Pocket watch  by Timing & Repeating Watch Co. "Presented to Frank Muller, Coach, By the Vesper Crews 1915."

Stereoview  c. 1890.  “Independence Hall” (Boathouse Row)

Tableware c. 1900 by Lamberton China. Demi-tasse cup, saucer and pit plate, with arms of Undine Boat Club, from Castle Ringstetten service.

Trophy  1904 Schuylkill Navy Fourth July Regatta, Int. Single Sculls, Phila. Barge Club, C.B. Wood  [WM] 

Prize mug  "Philadelphia Bachelor/ Regatta/ May 12 '06/ 4-Oared Shell"  MSM 2005.110.12 (TEW)

Booklet  _____:  Bachelors Barge Club of Philadelphia.  Organized July 4, 1853.  [Philadelphia]:  Press of Altemus & Co., 1914.

Prize plaque  1915 Schuylkill Navy  Senior Four-Oared Shells  [WM] 

Wood eng  “First Review and Regatta of the Schuylkill Navy”

Prize medal  1876 Centennial Regatta  [NRF/F-S] 

Cabinet 4 / Shelf 2 - (The Schuylkill River and Navy continued) and the NAAO/USRowing

Enameled gold medal SN [Schuylkill Navy] Philadelphia above MDCCCLXXXII Won by/ Malta/ Walter J. Snyder/ June 20“ 1891.

Prize mug  "Penna. Barge Club/ Regatta/ June 9th 1900/ Four-Oared Gig"   MSM 2005.110.11 (TEW)

Two invitations  13/05/1906   29th Annual Regatta of the Pennsylvania Barge Club.

Prize goblet  "Crescent Boat Club/ 48th/ Annual Regatta/ 6-5-15/ Four Oar Gig" MSM 2005.110.3 (TEW)

News photo “Olympic Trials – Yale Winning”

Ticket  1888 Layburger v. Galanaugh   [WM]

Prize pocket watch  by Elgin “People’s Victory Regatta/ Philadelphia/ July 4th 1919/ Senior Quadruple/ Scull Shell/ won by/ E. Graef”

Race program 1924/ Seventy-First/ Regatta/ of the/ Schylkill [sic] Navy/ and/ Olympic Try-Outs/ Under the Auspices of the/ National Association Amateur Oarsmen/ Friday and Saturday/ June 13th & 14th   [WM]

Prize mug  c.1925 by Meriden & Co. “American Rowing Association”  MSM 2005.110.2 (TEW)

J.E. Caldwell pewter plates made as American Rowing Association prizes: (a) Twenty Second Annual Regatta, Philadelphia May 31, 1926, Third Varsity Collegiate Eight-Oared Shells. Won By Yale, John Hay Whitney (Stroke) Beating Harvard and Pennsylvania; (b) Twenty Second Annual Regatta, Philadelphia, May 31, 1926, for First Four-Oared Shells. MSM 2005.110.19 (TEW); and (c) Twenty Third Annual Regatta, Philadelphia, May 28, 1927, for First Eight-Oared Shells. Won by United States Naval Academy

News photo  c.1940 .  Famous Philadelphia oarsmen posed on Boathouse Row dock, including  Fred Plaisted, J.B. Kelly Sr., and J.W. Burk. [DB]

News photo  [Penn crew, including Joe Burk]

Painted rectangular blocks 1996 (a) Undine boathouse (b) Penn AC boathouse

Race program  Independence Day Regatta/ and National Championships/ July 4th, 5th and 6th/ 1958/ 100th Anniversary Schuylkill Navy

Various Philadelphia-related prize medals on ribbons: (a) Middle States Regatta Philadelphia 1959 Senior Double Sculls 150 lbs *; (b) 100th Anniversary [1958] Schuylkill Navy Official  [WM] ; (c) Schuylkill Navy – Rowing 1965/ Jr 4 Oared W/ Cox *; (d) Schuylkill Navy Rowing Jr Double Sculls *; (e) Schuylkill Navy Rowing Match Races/ 6-19-65/ Jr 4/W * [* made by Bailey, Banks & Biddle]; and (f) 1960 Independence Day and N.A.A.O. Regatta

Schuylkill Navy officials  ribbons / badges : (a) “Schuylkill Navy Regatta”; (b) “Schuylkill Navy“; (c) Judges ribbon and Schuylkill Navy medallion  [WM] or [NRF/F-S]  ; and (d) 1910 Committee blue/white ribbon with crossed oars and Napoleonic head  [WM] 

Cased medal on ribbon 1939 American Rowing Assoc. 1st Eights [WM] 

Cabinet 4 / Shelf 3 - National Association of Amateur Oarsmen (now USRowing)
The first national team sport governing body in the U.S. (1872), the N.A.A.O. was formed to supervise amateur eligibility and national championships.  It was renamed USRowing in 1981 to reflect the growth of women’s rowing.

Various race programs: (a) Aquatic Edition, American Racing Programme,/ Fourth Annual Regatta of the [NAAO],/ on the Schuykill River, Philadelphia./ First Day: Tuesday, August 22d, 1876,/ Four Oars and Single Sculls./ Published by Official Authority./ Regatta Committee; (b) Souvenir Program/ N.A.A.O./ Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass., Aug. 10-11, ’06; (c) NAAO/ 37th Annual Regatta/ [NAAO]/ Detroit, Michigan/ August 6 and 7/ 1909/ Under the auspices of/ Detroit Boat Club; (d) Official Program/ Olympic Rowing Tryouts/ under auspices of/ [NAAO]/ at Philadelphia, July 5-6-7, 1928; (e) Fifty-Seventh Annual National Regatta/ [NAAO]/ August 2 and 3, 1929 on the Connecticut River at Springfield – Massachusetts; (f) Official Program/ Rowing Championships/ and Olympic Tryouts/ by the/ [NAAO]/ in Conjunction with/ Peoples Regatta/ Philadelphia, July 3 and 4, 1936/ under the auspices of/ Schuylkill Navy/ of/ Philadelphia; (g) National Championship Rowing Regatta/ Detroit Boat Club Centennial 1839-1939/ July 20-21-22 Official N.A.A.O. Program; (h) 1961 Program/ [NAAO] Regatta/ Schuylkill River/ Philadelphia, Pa./ Saturday - Sunday/ July 15th - 16th; (i) 1960 Program/ Independence Day and N.A.A.O. Regatta/ Schuylkill River/ Philadelphia, PA./ ... / July 2nd and 3rd; (j) Golden Anniversary/ West Side Rowing Club/ 1912-1962/ Black Rock Channel, Buffalo, N.Y./ [NAAO]/ The National Regatta/ July 21-22, 1962/ Pan American Trials; (k) Rowing/ the ‘89 nationals/ July 20-23, Cooper River/ USRowing, Camden County Rowing Foundation; and (l) National Championship Regatta/ USRowing Indianapolis/ June 24-27, 1993/ Eagle Creek Park.

Prize medal  “1883” “N.A.A.O.” “Eight Oared Shells”

medal/ribbon – 1895 double medal; 18k gold NAAO & 18k gold Harlem Regatta Senior 8 Oared Shell w/ black ribbon  [WM]

Pinback button for Aug 14-15, 1903 Lake Quinsigamond NAAO Regatta.

Red and blue celluloid pennant on brass pin [obv] NAAO [rev] Olympic/ National Regatta/ Creve Coeur Lake, St. Louis, Mo./ July 29-30, 1904

Ribbon  “N.A.A.O./ Regatta/ [emblem of Nonpareil Rowing Club, N.Y.]/ Detroit, Mich./ August 6-7/ 1909.”

medal/ribbon – 1910 NAAO Senior 8 Oared Shell 18k. gold medal w/ bar/black ribbon  [WM]  

Booklet.  Fred R. Fortmeyer (compiler): 1911 Minutes of thje Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting – National Association of Amateur Oarsmen

Silk ribbon “Trio of/ Rowing/ Regattas/ Peoria, Ill./ 1912/ C.S.A.R.A./ Aug. 5-6,/ [NAAO device]/ S.W.A.R.A./ Aug. 7-8,/ N.A.A.O./ Aug. 9-10,/ St. Louis/ Rowing/ Club”

Silk ribbon “Sesqui/ Centennial/ International/ Regatta/ National/ Association/ Amateur/ Oarsmen/ Philadelphia/ Aug. 5-6-7,/ 1926/ Guest”

1895 Harlem Regatta Association and N.A.A.O. medals pinned to black ribbon mounted on holder  [WM]

News photo  24/07/1931. “Retains Sculling Crown” NAAO 145 lb singles winner Clark shakes hands with Cumming.

Bronze pinback badge.  “67th Annual N.A.A.O. Regatta - 1939” “The Centennial - Detroit Boat Club - Est. 1839” “Contestant”

medal/ribbon – 1961 National Regatta (NAAO) w/name bar/red-white-blue ribbon  [WM] 

_____:  [cover] Rowing Guide 1968 [NAAO]  Philadelphia:  NAAO, 1968.

Enamelled shield-shaped medal “N.A.A.O. 1970 2nd” from N.A.A.O. Championships on Cooper River, Camden, N.J.

_____: N.A.A.O. 1971 Rule Book  [Philadelphia]: NAAO, 1971.

Money clip  “N.A.A.O. Centennial 1872-1972.”

1949 NAAO officials ribbon

NAAO button Philadelphia Barge

1903 N.A.A.O. Quinsigamond button

Barlow lighter  c. 1975?  USA and N.A.A.O. over oars, shield and wreath on one side.

 Cabinet 4 / Shelf 4 - (NAAO and USRowing continued)

Various race programs: (a) Thirty-eighth Annual/ Championship/ Regatta/ Friday and Saturday/ August 12 and 13, 1910/ Potomac River/ Washington, D.C./ Under the Auspices of the/ Potomac Boat Club; (b) [NAAO] Forty-Sixth Annual Regatta Official Program/ July 23rd and 24th, 1920/ Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Massachusetts (this regatta also constituted the U.S. Olympic trials); (c) Princeton Regatta/ Rowing Championships/ of the/ National Association/ of Amateur Oarsmen/ Thursday, Friday and Saturday/ July 18, 19 amd 20, 1935/ ... / Lake Carnegie/ Princeton, N.J.; (d) 90th National Championship NAAO Regatta/ July 31st, August 1st & 2nd, 1964/ Orchard Beach Lagoon/ Pelham Bay Park, New York City; (e) [NAAO] 1970 National Rowing Championships/ Camden County Park/ Cooper River, New Jersey; (f) 1992 USRowing/ National Championship/ Regatta/ June 25-28/ Eagle Creek Park/ Indianapolis; (g) 1993 USRowing Masters National Championships/ September 9-12/ Vancouver Lake, Washington; (h) Thomas Eakins/ Head of the Schuylkill Regatta/ Program/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/ October 29, 1988.

Prize medal  “National/ Championship/ Detroit/ Aug. 8-9 1959/ 8 Oared Shells/ Won By” Rusty Wailes  [NRF]

Various NAAO badges, patches and ribbons: three USA blazer patches; 1942 officials badge and ribbon; and 1961 Championship ribbon with bar

Cabinet 5 / Shelf 1 -Yale and Harvard rowing
Yale formed the first collegiate boat club (1843), and the 1852 race with Harvard was the first intercollegiate athletic contest in the U.S.  The Yale-Harvard boat race was regarded as one of the country’s premier sporting events for at least a century.  The two schools have produced three Olympic eights (Yale winning gold in 1924 and 1956 – see cabinet 7).

Photo  [c.1859] Atalanta ‘61 [Yale sophomore crew]

Race program  Fall Races,/ October 16,/ 1872./ Lake Saltonstall.

Photo  c.1874   “Old Boat House” [pre-1875 Yale crew boathouse]

Prize medal  Yale/ Fall Regatta/ Lake Saltonstall/ Barge Race/ 1874 Won by/ T.H. Linsley SW/ 76” S.S.S./ Time 13-57./ Dis. 2 M.

Receipt  24/05/1875  $10.00 for annual subscription to Yale University Boat Club

Race program  Harvard Spring Regatta/ May 29th, 1875./ Charles River Course./  First Race Four Oared.  Second Race Six Oared.

Ticket  “Dedication of the Yale Boat House, Wednesday Afternoon, June 9th. [1875]”

Ticket  Yale University Boat Club new boathouse “Dedication Ball!/ Wednesday, June 9, 1875./ Gentleman and Ladies”

Newspaper  30/07/1865 New York Times full front page on Yale-Harvard race

Photo  Aug 1876   Yale University crew with trophy for the Intercollegiate Race at Philadelphia, Pa., Monday, Aug. 28, 1876

Trophy  “Yale Harvard Boat Race/ 1881/ Yale/ 22 m. 13 sec./ Harvard 22 m. 19 sec.” [curiously, the crew list omits the name of the coxswain, Mun Yew Chung ‘83, who was one of the first Chinese students to attend Yale]

Studio cabinet photo  1881 Harvard baby in single scull

Prize goblet  “Harvard/ Class of 82,/ M.S. Crehore Bow/ For faithful and/ successful work/ on the/ Class Crew”

Race program  Boat Race Bulletin.  Vol. VI, No. 1 New London, June 28, 1883 Gratis.

Prize tankard  “H.U.B.C.” [Harvard University Boat Club], “Class Races/ May 2, 1888/ Won by/ Sophomore Crew”

Prize tankard “Yale versus Harvard, New London, June 27th, 1890.  Won by Yale.  Time 21 Min. 29 Sec. Dist. 4 Miles.”

Photo 1890 Yale boathouse

H.U.B.C. bone china service c.1920?: teacup and saucer marked H & Co. on base; and (b) plate marked CFH & Co. on base.

Cover photo  07/07/1924 Time [Captain James Stillman Rockefeller in Yale sweater] and article re Yale Olympic oarsmen travelling to Paris.

News photo  17/03/1926  [Cutting the ice at and around the Newell Boat House, Cambridge]

Photo 1934 Yale lightweights at Henley

Cabinet photo  c. 1887 Harvard oarsman 

Cover photo  08/06/1965 Sports Illustrated (“Harvard Coach Harry Parker and the World’s Best Crew”)

Handbill U.S. Coast Guard relating to race course restrictions  Harvard-Yale Regatta/ Friday, June 24, 1938/ Notice! By Act of Congress

Handbill  Harvard-Yale Regatta/ Friday, June 24, 1938 [Chairman of Harvard-Yale Regatta Committee notice re race times and course restrictions]

News photo  28/06/1947 [Harvard setting a 2000 meter world record on the Lake Washington course in Seattle]

Bronze medallion “Yale-Harvard/ Regatta 100th Rowing June 19, 1965 Thames River, New London, Conn./ 1852 1965”   [NRF/Clint Allen]

Sports department photo  1964 [50th reunion of Harvard junior varsity crew which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1914]

 Cabinet 5 / Shelf 2 - (Yale and Harvard rowing continued)

Commemorative cover “100th Anniversary Crew Race/ Lake Winnipesaukee/ August 3, 1952/ Harvard and Yale Commemorate a Century of Intercollegiate Sports at Center Harbor, N.H.”

Race program College Union Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond Worcester July 29, 1864 First Race Sophomores Second Race University Boats.

Race program  28/07/1865 Union College Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester [First race Worcester 4-oar boats; Second race 6-oar University Boats]

Cdv  1868 by Pach Bros [Yale six]

Studio cabinet photo  1874 by Notman [Yale varsity six]

Studio cabinet photo  1874 by Notman [Yale freshman six]

Race program  Boat Race,/ Springfield, Mass./ Friday, June 30, ‘76/ 4.30 P.M./ Harvard vs.Yale.

Race program  Yale Spring Regatta/ Lake Saltonstall, Saturday, May 21, ’87.

Race program  30/06/1893  Official Souvenir Programme of the Yale Harvard Boat Race/ New London 1893. 

Commemorative cover  “First Day Cover Yale-Harvard Regatta/ on the Thames Friday, June 19, 1936” [signed by Yale coach Ed Leader] 

Commemorative cover  "75th Annual Regatta/ Yale – Harvard/ Boat Race/ Friday, June 25, 1937/ Thames River/ New London, Conn."

News photo  25/06/1937 “Harvard Varsity Defeats Yale”  [before 70,000 spectators, both crews beating the upstream record]

Cover col photo  Jun 2000  Yankee magazine [1999 Yale varsity celebrating their victory over Harvard at New London]

Postcard   Red Top, Harvard Training Quarters, Gales Ferry Conn

Postcard  Harvard University Boathouse and Dormitory

Postcard  Yale Headquarters and House Presented by MW Plant

Cdv  c.1866  Harvard crew, including Crowninshield, Wilkinson and Blaikie

Cdv  1864 Harvard sophomore six [same as above?]

Cabinet 5 / Shelf 3 -1869 Harvard-Oxford race
The first intercollegiate international athletic contest, the race commanded front page coverage from U.S. newspapers, and was undoubtedly the most significant single catalyst in the explosive growth of interest in rowing after that date.

Als  29/07/1869 from Richard Henry Dana Jr. to the Rev. David Lyman about Lyman's son, an oarsman on the Harvard crew.

Cdv  1869 Harvard crew

Cdv  [Aug] 1869 "Harvard Boat Crew/ Fay Lyman Burnham Loring Simmons/ Whipple, 297 Washington St., Boston"

Cdv  1869 Oxford crew

Col lith print  “The Great International Boat Race Aug. 27th. 1869/ [Publi]shed by Currier & Ives/ 152 Nassau St New [York]”

Wood eng  28/08/1869 ILN “The International University Boat-Race: The Harvard Crew Returning from Practice” [HRR/TW]

Sheet music  1869 “Chawles of the H-Oxford’s, you know!”  New York, Published by Wm. A. Pond

Sheet music  1869 “The International Boat Race Galop Dedicated to the Gallant Harvard Crew Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co.

Cabinet 5 / Shelf 4 - (Yale and Harvard rowing continued)

Sheet music “The Winnipesaukee Waltz” Commemorative Edition Harvard-Yale Crew Centennial Race August 3, 1952 Center Harbor.

Race program Harvard - Yale Official Souvenir Programme & Book of Records 25 cents 1902.

Race program  Official Book of Records and Souvenir Yale – Harvard  Cornell  Boat  Races  New London Conn.  June 22d and 23d, 1898.

Photo Harvard eight at the dock

Prize mug  Aug 1873 IBC monogram


Cabinets 6 and 7 are for rotating displays

Cabinet 8 / Shelf 1 - American colleges
In the 1860’s and 1870’s, the largest team sport spectacles in America were provided by college crews at various venues in the Northeast.  Although baseball and football eventually claimed greater followings, collegiate rowing continued to claim the public’s attention well into the middle of the 20th century.  Although the benefits of rowing were initially well recognized, negative perceptions relating to elitism and adverse health effects colored popular opinion to some degree.  While popularly thought of as an East Coast sport, two of the most successful collegiate programs are on the West Coast: Cal Berkeley boated three Olympic gold medal eights (1928, 1932), and Washington one (1936).  Washington also produced most of the leading collegiate coaches of the first half of the 20th century. 

Race program   Souvenir of the Fall Regatta of the Cornell Navy, on Cayuga Lake, Saturday, October 11th, 1873

Stereoview  [college six and a single sculler]

Photo  24/07/1871 “The Winning Crew at the First Regatta of the Rowing Association of American Colleges” [Massachusetts Agricultural College at Amherst]

Wood eng  02/08/1873  Harper’s  “The Springfield University Regatta - The Finish.”

Sheet music 1874  Waverly Boat Club.  “Regatta Gallop  To the College Crews of America” Boston: O. Ditson  [NRF/F-S]

Cabinet photo 1875 “Victorious Cornell Crew 1875” [NRF/F-S]

Photo  Harvard “Class Crew Never Beaten”  [NRF/F-S]

1903 newspaper reproduction of 1878 Columbia crew for 25th anniversary article

Cabinet photo  “Bowdoin College Crew, Intercollegiate Regatta, Springfield, Mass., July 1872”

Studio cabinet photos by Notman of 1874 collegiate varsity crews: Columbia championship six; Cornell six-oar crew; Dartmouth six-oar crew; Harvard six-oar crew; Princeton six-oar crew; and Yale six-oar crew [NRF/F-S]

Cabinet photo  1874 by Notman [Yale freshmen six-oar crew]

Race program  Saratoga/ Rowing Association/ Programme for College Regatta/ Wednesday and Thursday, July 15th and 16th [Wed: Single Scull Race, Freshman Race (Princeton, Brown, Yale); Thurs: University Race]

Stereoview  “Reporters’ & College Stand at Intercollegiate Regatta, Saratoga Lake, 1874.”

Stereoview 1874 [grandstand crowd at Saratoga regatta]

Ticket  “July 15 and 16, 1874./ Intercollegiate/ Saratoga Lake./ Saratoga Rowing Association.“

Stereoview  c. 1874 [crowd in rain at Saratoga regatta]

Ticket 1875 Intercollegiate Regatta Ball

Silk ribbon “National Rowing Association of American Colleges/ University Crew/ Springfield Regatta 1872” 

Wooden cane “CU 81/ Shinkel/ Harvard-Cornell/ Cornell Freshman Crew/ Owasco Lake  July 17. [1878]” 

Prize tankard  by Meriden "Spring Regatta/ B.U.B.C./ June 8th 1872 - Second Prize/ won by/ '73”   [MSM/TW]

Cabinet 8 / Shelf 2 - (American colleges continued)
For years, the Dad Vail Regatta was the high point of the season for colleges that were not competitive with the major rowing programs.  Regional regattas also provided competition for the many schools that maintained less ambitious programs.

Pamphlet  _____:  The Boating Association  of the University of California. Berkeley: Apr. 1st, 1893 

Program  [Cornell] Crew Rally 1914  [program for the season end rally]

Book  Henry Adelbert Lyon (comp.), Cornell Verse. Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Company, 1897.

Various race programs:  (a) Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Regatta/ Washington vs. California Seward Park Course/ May 24, 1947; (b) 1941 Dad Vail; (c) May 11-12, 2002 – Mercer County Park, NJ. (i)  ECAC/ The 10th Annual/ Avaya Collegiate Rowing Championships; (ii) Second Annual/ Princeton International/ Rowing Regatta; (d) Cincinnati Regatta - 1989/ East Fork Lake - June 17/ Presented by Champion; (e) Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Seventh Annual Championship Regatta Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J. May 17, 1952; (f) The Columbia Pennsylvania Cornell Second - ‘Varsity Regatta/ Ithaca New York May 30 1901; (g) Triangular Regatta/ Harvard Syracuse Cornell/ Ithaca, N.Y./ May 30th 1902/ Cayuga Lake Course; (h) HYP Lightweight Crew Race / Goldthwait and Vogel Cups/ Gilder Boathouse / April 26, 2003

Medal on ribbon  1977 SIRA

Die cut chromolith. standing Cornell oarsman

Dad Vail pinback medal

Various boat race tickets:  1935 Childs Cup; 1905 Harvard Cornell Charles River; and Eastern Sprints

1975 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges pinback ribbon with suspended oar

Cabinet 8 / Shelf 3 - Intercollegiate Rowing Association and Major Collegiate Championship Contenders
Formed in 1895 in response to Harvard and Yale’s refusal to row in intercollegiate championship regattas after the 1870’s, the IRA attracted world-class crews to its venues on the Hudson, the Ohio River and Lake Onondaga (see the IRA championship trophy in Room 2).  The Poughkeepsie event was usually also attended by a fleet of yachts and trains full of spectators (see shelf 4 of cabinet 12); the distance from the West Coast required special fund-raising efforts for schools like Washington.  Harvard and Yale began competing in the IRA championships in 2003 

Various race programs: (a) Intercollegiate/ Record/ Book/ Harvard-Yale-Cornell/ Boat-/ Races/ Poughkeepsie,/ June/ 24-25/ 1897; (b) Hand Book of the/ Inter-Collegiate / Boat Races/ at/ New London, Conn.,/ June, 1891./ The Races:/ June 20th. Columbia and Cornell Freshmen./ June 24th. Yale, Harvard and Columbia Freshmen./ June 25th. Columbia, Cornell and Pensylvania./ June 26th; (c) National Inter-Collegiate Crew Regatta/ July 7th & 8th, 1933/ Harvard, Yale, Cornell, California, Washington, U.C.L.A.; (d) Poughkeepsie Regatta/ Intercollegiate Rowing Association June 21, 1947; (e) Annual 49th Regatta/ Intercollegiate Rowing Association/ Marietta, Ohio - June 16, 1951; (f) 74th Annual/ National Intercollegiate Rowing Championships/  June 3, 4, 5, 1967/ Onondaga Lake – Syracuse, N.Y.; (g) 100th Anniversary Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Intercollegiate Rowing Championships 1895 - 1995/ June 1, 2, 3, 1995, Cooper River, Camden, N.J. ; (h) A.R.A. on the Hudson Intercollegiate Regatta 1900  Columbia Cornell Georgetown Pennsylvania Wisconsin; (i) Annual Regatta/ Intercollegiate Rowing Association/ 1907/ Columbia Cornell Pennsylvania Wisconsin Georgetown Syracuse/ U.S. Naval Academy;  - ONE MISSING?

Intercollegiate Regatta covers with stamped cachets  “Varsity/ Poughkeepsie Highland, N.Y./ June 17, 1939”; “Junior Varsity/ Poughkeepsie Highland, N.Y./ June 17, 1939”; “Freshman/ Poughkeepsie Highland, N.Y./ June 17, 1939”

Prize tankard  1929 IRA varsity eight Columbia  W. Sanford  [NRF/MSM/TSanford]

Ticket  1933 Intercollegiate Regatta general admission

Ticket  National Intercollegiate/ Crew Race/ Yale – Harvard – Cornell/ California – Washington/ University of California/ Los Angeles/ Long Beach Marine Stadium/ July 8, 1933

Supporter buttons  “ ‘On to Poughkeepsie’ U. of W. 1925”; “Crew 1928 Washington Fund”; “Send 1930 Husky Crews East”

Gold prize watch fob or token 1926  University of Washington Intercollegiate Champions Poughkeepsie Regatta Russell Callow Coach

IRA medals on ribbons for 1975 and 1979;  IRA pins for 1949, 1959, 1961, 1973, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1998 and 2008

Prize tankard by Manning Bowman & Co. “Inter-Collegeate [sic] Rowing Association/ University Fours/ Poughkeepsie July 2nd 1901/ Cornell 1st  Pennsylvania 2nd / Columbia 3rd”

Cabinet 8 / Shelf 4 - Premium collegiate felts, silks and cards
Tobacco companies just before World War I sought to attract young smokers by issuing premiums featuring college rowing (and included some schools that didn’t have crew programs).  The premiums came in a variety of forms, including large and small cards, large and small silks, felts (also called “rugs”) and leathers. 

1915 American Tobbaco Company cigarette premium felts and silks for Annapolis, Amherst, Brown, California, Chicago, Colorado, Columbia, Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Knox, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Texas, Trinity, Utah, West Point, Wisconsin, Yale

1915 American Tobbaco Company cigarette premium large format silk for Cornell

Murad American Tobbaco Company cigarette premium small format cards for George Washington, Kenyon, St. Lawrence

Murad American Tobbaco Company cigarette premium leather for Syracuse, Willards chocolate premium card for University of Washington and Murad American Tobbaco Company cigarette premium large format card for Texas

Cabinet 9 / Shelf 1 - Schoolboy rowing
As seen in the stereoviews of Eton and Radley at Henley in 1858, schoolboys have competed with their elders for over 150 years; the Gunnery School entry in the 1956 U.S. Olympic trials provides anther fine example.  U.S. schoolboy rowing, dating to the 1870’s, was inaugurated at private schools which were modeled after English rowing schools, but some U.S. high schools had active programs as early as the 1890’s.  Browne and Nichols, Kent and Tabor were among the first U.S. schoolboy entries at Henley Royal Regatta; Washington-Lee High School was the first U.S. public high school to win there, in 1964.

Cover photo 1948  Life  [Kent School oarsman]

News photo  01/06/1941 “Catholic High Takes 4-Oared Race” [beating Philadelphia’s West Catholic High School and Buffalo’s Bennett High School at the 7th Schoolboy Rowing Association Regatta in Camden]

Broadside  Regatta/ P.E.A. [Phillips Exeter Academy]/ Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1873.  [WM]

News photo  28/10/1937 “Oarsmen in Winter Practice” [16-oar training barges manned by high school boys]

News photo  19/03/1930  “American Schoolboy Crew to Row in British Classic”  [Kent School eight]

Photo  c.1920 by The Kimball Studio, Concord, N.H.  [St. Paul’s School Shattuck eight]

News photo  28/06/1956  “Tight Finish” [Gunnery School and Navy hit the finish in the U.S. Olympic trials]

Stereoview  Eton & Radley Boat Race./ Henley, June 26th, 1858./ Eton Crew. 

Stereoview  Eton & Radley Boat Race./ Henley, June 26th, 1858./ Radley Crew.

News photo  21/06/1939 “Sail for English Regatta” [Tabor Academy crew before they boarded ship to travel to the Henley Regatta]

Pamphlet  03/04/1999 Northern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association/ Spring 1999/ 50 Years of Rowing Excellence.

News photo  Salesian boys crew on way to schoolboy nationals

Race program  65th Annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championship Regatta Sandy Run Park May 21-22, 1999.

Souvenir mug  “Washington-Lee Crew/ 40/ 1949-1989”   Dinner honoringcoach Charles Butt

Prize goblet  09/06/1880 “P.E.A [Phillips Exeter Academy] Class Races/ June 9th 1880/ Won by “83”/ One Mile/ Time 6 Min 13 ¼ sec”

1967 Philadelphia Scholastic Championships officials ribbon

Schoolboy’s Rowing Association officials button

Prize medal “S.P.S.A.A. (St. Paul’s School Athletic Association) Lower School 1893 Boat Races  First Crew Shattuck”

Cased prize medal  1899  “Radley College Boat Club Senior Fours/ 1899”

Pamphlet  1958 Schoolboy Rowing Association of America.  Constitution – By-Laws – Regatta Rules.

Prize medal  1927 Harvard Athletic Association/ 1927 School Boy Rowing Association Public School Eights

Brass presentation model oar  1972 Kent School Boat Club [WHP]

Identification badge   “Schoolboy Rowing Association of America”/ May 29-30, 1936/ Worcester, Mass.”

Postcard  1914  Philadelphia High School Crew winning on Schuylkill River National Course

Brass model oar  c.1950  “The Sill Oar“

Stock prize medal  c.2000  “New England Interscholastic/ Championships” [WHP]

Cabinet 9 / Shelf 2 - North American professionals
Professional racing in North America was initially contested principally by 4-oars and pairs, often manned by brothers such as the Wards or the Biglins (of Eakins fame), and their regattas were occasionally held in conjunction with amateur clubs and collegiate crews (see the accompanying programs).  Starting in the 1880’s, however, the most popular professionals were single scullers, who vied with boxers as the best known individual athletes of the day.  Spurred on by their backers and surrounded by gamblers, many were easy prey for scandal, which quenched America’s appetite for professional rowing by the end of the 19th century; one of the last great gatherings of the professionals was in Austin  Texas in 1895 (see souvenir medal)!

Broadside  1880 World’s Regatta [NRF/F-S]

Souvenir glass mug  1880?  Hanlan – Trickett race

Race program  27/07/1866  Citizens’ and College Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester [Citizens’ Regatta: Single Sculls (2 miles) contested by Joshua Ward and Walter Brown; Four-Oared Boats (3 miles) contested by, inter alia, John A. Biglin, James H. Biglin, John J. Eckerson, Barnard Biglin and Henry Ward, Chas. Ward, Gilbert Ward, Joshua Ward; Worcester Championship for Worcester 4-Oared Boats; College Regatta (straight sixes) First Race by Lawrence Scientific (Harvard) v. Sheffield Scientific (Yale), and Second Race by Yale University v. Harvard.

Ticket  Ross-Plaisted rowing machine race  [NRF/F-S]

Various cabinet cards [NRF/F-S]: 1884 Wallace Ross by Carroll & Frank; c. 1884 George Hosmer by Kimball; c. 1880? Bubear by Kimball; Courtney; Hanlan; Teemer; c. 1880? Jake Gaudaur by Ryder, Syracuse NY; c. 1880 John McKay; Brown; c. 1880? Albert Hamm by Police Gazette;

together with various premium cards: Charles Courtney (Between the Acts); William Beach (S.F. Hess & Co.); William Beach (W.S. Kimball); Ned Hanlan (Old Judge); Ned Hanlan (W.S. Kimball); Teemer (Old Judge); and Gaudaur (Old Judge)

Race program  02/10/1878     Championship Race, (5 miles,) At Lachine/ Edward Hanlan/ Charles A. Courtney

Stereoview  c. 1880 by Abbott “A Few of Courtney’s Prizes”

Stereoview  1868 Views of Lake Quinsigamond/ Regatta, 1868./ No. 14.  North End Boy, Boston  I.H. Stockwell, Worcester, Mass.

Cdv  c. 1867 James Hamill [inscribed “Hamlin The Great American Oarsman”]

Ticket  1866  [barge and lapstreak outrigger races]

Badge  “Souvenir World’s/ Championship/ Regatta Austin, Tex./ Nov 4-7 1895”  “Schwaab S & S Co/ Makers/ Milwaukee Wis”

Cdv  [c.1885] UL to UR: Courtney, Scharff, Morris; LL to LR: Ross, Hanlan, Plaisted); bottom - Hanlan in his single in a studio

24/07/1868 Citizens’ and College Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond [Single Scull Wherries (Two Miles) John Tyler, Jr. v. John Mekeel; Four-oar Boats (Three Miles) includes Ward brothers; College Regatta [six-oars at 3 miles] Harvard University v. Yale University].

Cabinet 9 / Shelf 3 - Boats and builders
When all else is equal between crews, boats may determine the winner, and the evolution of the racing shell is a fascinating subject.  America’s premier builders for most of the 20th century were the Seattle-based Pococks, from an old English sculling family, and there is good reason to believe that much of Washington’s success was due not only to the local boats, but to the advice of the boat-builders.

Waters and Balch  [WM]

Photo  c.1880?  Likely an experimental shell designed by coach and inventor Michael Davis to allow “syncopated rowing”, wherein one pair would enter the water as the other pair effected their release.

Photo  [George Pocock working on a shell]

Postcard  02/02/1878 “Office of/ R.S. Johnson,/ Dealer in Oars/ ... / Boston”

Card for Meaney Roller Seats

c.1950 Pocock brass sweep oarlock [WM]

1853 Page receipt for oars

c.1950  One pair Pocock brass sculling oarlocks [WM]

Cabinet 9 / Shelf 4 - (Boats and builders continued)

Photo  [riverside boatyard in Poughkeeepsie]  [NRF/F-S]

Wooden sliding seat with sliding wheels  c.1950  Pocock [WM]

19c. wood & brass rudder  [WM]

Four sets of Garofalo oarlocks  [MSM]

Wooden model girder oar  c. 1920

Cabinet 10 / Shelf 1 - Olympics
The Olympics have represented the epitome of athletic achievement since 1896, and rowing has been on the Olympic program from the beginning; it is the oldest Olympic team sport.  The greatest Olympic endurance event athlete in any sport is Britain’s Steve Redgrave, winner of five sweep oar gold medals over five consecutive Olympics.  After winning gold in every Olympics eight event in which they competed from 1900 to 1964, except 1960, the U.S. men’s eight again won gold in 2004 and the women’s eight came home with a silver.

Various news photos: (a) 1925 Vesper BC “Veteran Oarsmen Celebrate Olympic (1904) Victory” reunion [WM]; (b) [1924] “Jeux Olympiques de 1924.  Aviron/ Le Huit des Etats-Unis” [Yale Paris Olympics gold medal eight]; (c) 13/08/1932 "Eight-Oared Race from the Air" (the start of the finals, won by the US, ahead of Italy, Canada and GB); (d) 1932  U.S. double sculls winning at the finish; (e) 20/08/1936 “Olympic Winners” [Washington U.S. Olympic eight after winning gold at Grunau  [HRR/TW]; (f) 1948 Cal Olympic eight training on deck of trans-Atlantic liner; (g) 1968 Harvard defeating Penn in the Olympic eights trials; and (h) 02/08/1984 “Winners of Race 48” [Still and Espeth at U.S. coxed pair trials]

Race program  1928 U.S. Olympic trials/NAAO championships

Autographed photo  [Steve Redgrave wearing Barcelona Olympics uniform and three medals

Race program  1936 Olympic Trials

Cover photo  27/08/1972  The Philadelphia Inquirer TV Week “Vesper Boat Club’s Olympic Rowers” [including Bill Miller]

Panoramic photo 1932  [all of the competing Olympic rowing teams at the Los Angeles Games]

Photo 1996 Redgrave and Pinsent after winning the 1996 Olympic pairs for Redgrave’s fourth consecutive gold in an Olympiad

Cabinet 10 / Shelf 2 - (Olympics continued)

 Various race programs:  (a) Rowing/ Olympic Games/ Henley-on-Thames/ 1908/ Friday, July 31st./ Amateur Rowing Association; (b) 10/08/1928  Official day program No. 35 for Olympic Rowing.  IXth Olympiade/ Amsterdam/ 1928 [NRF/EB]; (c) Xth Olympiad - Los Angeles – U.S.A./ Rowing/ Long Beach Marine Stadium - Saturday, August 13, 1932; (d) 11 August  Tages-Programm  XI Olympische Spiele Berlin  1936; (e) London XIVth Olympiad 1948 - Rowing at Henley-on-Thames, Monday August 9th 1948; (f) XV Olympia Helsinki 1952/ Rowing/ Helsinki/ Monday 21.7; (g) 01/09/1960  Rome Olympics; and (h) 14/10/1964 The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo/ Rowing/ Official Programme/ Toda Rowing Course; (i) 19/10/1968 Mexico Olympics ; and (j) 29/08/1972 Munich Olympics

1906 postcard of Olympic rowing course at Piraeus Harbor, Athens

Ticket   21/05/1904 Admission to Louisiana Purchase Exposition for May 21, 1904.  [not issued for Olympic rowing races at Creve Coeur Lake, but the St. Louis Exposition was the venue where most of the 1904 Summer Olympic Games took place]

Ticket  1900 Paris Exposition ticket

Various Olympic rowing race tickets:  (a) 14/08/1936  Berlin; (b) 20/07/1952 Helsinki; (c) 02/09/1960 Rome; (d) 10/10/1964 Tokyo; (e) 19/10/1968 Mexico; (f) 27/08/1972 Munich; (g) 23/07/1976 Montreal; (h) 24/07/1980 Moscow; (i) 04/08/1984 Los Angeles; (j) 1992  Barcelona; and (k) 24 July/ Atlanta 1996/ Games of the XXVI Olympiad.

Souvenir medal by J.C. Chaplain  “Republique Francaise” “Exposition Universelle Internationale/ 1900”  Prop up

Cabinet 10 / Shelf 3 - (Olympics continued)

Various Olympic rowing explanatory and rules booklets: (a) Fifth Olympiad/ Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912/ Rowing.  Programme, Rules, and General Regulations.  Swedish Olympic Committee. ; (b) IXth Olympiad – Amsterdam 1928/ Dutch Olympic Committee/ Rowing/ Executive Committee:/ Amsterdam; (c) Xth Olympiad/ Los Angeles/ Rowing/ 1932; (d) 1936 Rudern und Kanu - Olympia-heft Nr. 21; (e) The Games of the XVII Olympiad/ Roma 25. VIII – 11. IX. MCMLX/Aviron – Rowing/ Canottagio/ Reglement – Regulations/ Comitato Organizzatore/ Roma; (f) c. 1963 Olympic Sports/ Rowing/ United States Olympic Committee; (g) Games of The XIX Olympiad/ Mexico, D.F./ du 12 au 27 Octobre 1968/ Rowing Regulations; (h) Games of the/ XXI Olympiad/ Montreal/ 1976/ Regulations/ Rowing; (i) Games of the XXII Olympiad Moscow 1980/ Programme/ Rowing; (j) Rowing – Aviron/ Games of the/ XXIVth Olympiad/ Seoul 1988/ Explanatory/ Brochure.  Seoul: Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee; (k) and 1992 Barcelona Olympics Rowing

Team Manual ROWING/ Barcelona ‘92. Barcelona: COOB ‘92, 1992. [Olympics]

First day cover  10/10/1962    Japan Pre-Olympic Issue III/ First Day of Issue - Tokyo 1964 - October 10, 1962.

First day cover  1979  postal cover USA Moscow Olympics  [WM]

1972  Olympic Trials Umpires ribbon  [NRF/EB?]

1968  Mexico Olympics badge  [NRF/EB?]

1952  Olympic Trials Officials badge Quinsigamond

1968  Mexico Olympic plaque

1964  New York World’s Fair Olympics medallion

1960 Olympic Trials cardboard lapel tag

1948  U.S. Olympic team button

1996  Atlanta / Lake Lanier Olympic parking pass

Pinback button “1956 Olympic Games Merv Wood Sculling”

1980 postal cover Moscow Olympics FDC  [WM]

Cabinet 10 / Shelf 4 - (Olympics continued)

Photo  2004  U.S. Olympic men’s gold medal eight and women’s silver medal eight  [WHP]

1928  Olympic identification card with entry visa, and Olympic oarsmen’s competitors card for Ernest Bayer [NRF/EB]

Twelve Olympic pins and six Olympic badges  [??]

Cabinet 11 / Shelf 1 - Women and Rowing
Women’s rowing took hold in England in the 1890’s with Frederick Furnivall’s founding of a club for women (featuring octuple sculling!), and spread to other clubs, Oxford and Cambridge in the 1920’s.  European women were the first to tackle full competitive rowing, and have largely dominated international regattas over the last 75 years.  Though only enjoying widespread support and popularity in America in the last few decades, women’s competitive rowing has existed in various forms for over 125 years, and a number of college and high school programs were active in the first quarter of the 20th century, including, in addition to Wellesley, Cornell, Syracuse and Washington.  While the early clubs such as ZLAC and Oakland Women’s tended to be more social than competitive, they provided some of the rowers that jump-started women’s rowing in the 1960’s, with significant contributions from the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club, Lake Washington Rowing Club and Lake Merritt Rowing Club.  The passage of Title IX legislation in 1972 opened the doors to explosive growth for women’s collegiate crews, and high schools programs have followed since then.  The effects of this growth, first demonstrated by Olympic gold for the 1984 U.S. eight, are evidenced again by the 2007 victory of the eight in the world championships.

Wood eng   from Godey’s Lady’s Book - Vol. LXXIII 1866]. “Boating on the Lake.  New Employment for the Ladies.”

Wood eng  30/08/1873 Harper’s “ ‘Why Not?’  Why can’t the Ladies belonging to the different Colleges have a Regatta of their own next year?  Let the First Prize be a Husband with a Fortune, and we think the Winning Boat will make the Quickest Time on Record.”

Wood eng  1874 Harper’s New Monthly “The Rowing Lesson” [two women in craft steered by a young man]

Col lith postcard  1903 by Joseph Tetlow [woman sporting a crimson “H” on her blouse and sitting in a single scull]

Photo  1908 [two women in skirts sculling a pram]

Stereoview  c.1880? by Kilburn Brothers,— Littleton, N.H “No. 1003 After the Regatta”

Sheet music  1933 “A Day Without You” Lyrics Sam Coslow; Music Arthur Rebner; Paramount Picture 8 Girls in a Boat

Photo  c.1920 “Oakland Women’s Rowing Club”

News photo  c.1907 the Furnivall women’s octuple crew

Photo  c.1910 Single fully dressed woman in boat

Photo postcard  1906 The Rowing Girls in Ballet of College Sports in Simple Simon Simple

Photo postcard  1907 Frederick Furnivall coaching and coxing the Hammersmith Girls octuple

Publicity photo  c. 1920 British film “The Girl in the Rowing Shorts”

Program 25/05/1940  [Smith College] Float Night/ May 25, 1940.

Article  c.1900?       Pacific Monthly  pp. 251-255 “The Girls’ Rowing Clubs of San Diego Bay” by Waldon Fawcett

News photo  18/05/1945 “Radcliffe Varsity to Race Harvard”

Als 30/06/1899 by Frederick J.Furnivall, Cambridge oarsman, self-proclaimed inventor of the outrigger, man of early English letters, first editor of the OED, and champion of working class and women’s rowing

Postcard  08/01/1918 Kunalu Rowing Club [Honolulu] women’s boat club membership invitation to “Miss Osgood”

News photo  26/09/1956 Boston University freshman woman Susan Sims trying out for coxswain’s seat

Photo  1889-  by Pach Bro’s [two Wellesley craft - “Tangier,” closer, and “Hesperus,” farther]

News photo  20/05/1945 “Harvard Funsters Take Up Oars” [Students before racing, and losing to, a Radcliffe crew]

News photo  04/07/1974 [Santa Clara coxswain Mimi Sherman, who was barred from competing by Henley Regatta officials]

Broadside  1895 Rowing Regulations/ Wellesley College.  Printed, dated October 1895.

News photo  01/05/1928 "Rowing for Dear Old Wellesley" [senior and junior crews on Lake Waban]

Cabinet photo c.1890 “ ‘Float Day’ at Wellesley.”  [the boats arranged in a star]

Program  07/06/1890 [Wellesley College] Float Day June 7, ‘90

Program  1917 Event Float-Night Wellesley 1917

Silver goblet  1936  “Furnivall Sculling Club/ Junior Senior Sculls/ 1936/ J Henwood”

Book  Constance McEwen, Three Women in One Boat.  A River Sketch.  London: F.V. White & Co., [1891]. 

Pamphlet  ZLAC Rowing Club.  Founded 1892, By-laws, house rules, list of members.  San Diego: [ZLAC], [1922]. 

Col lith blotter  c.1930 by McClelland Barclay “Atlantic Gasoline/ - uniform”

Silk premium  c.1900 Newport 25 [Factory No. 649. First Dist. N.Y.]

Premium card  Scissors rowing girl 

Silver plate goblet  c.1900 by Reed & Barton "K.R.C./ Second Prize/ Ladies Four Oar Race/ Kennebunkport Me."

Cabinet 11 / Shelf 2 - (Women and rowing continued)

News photo  29/05/1930?  “College Girls Boat Races in Regents Park this Morning – Bedford College was competing against The London School of Medicine and the London School of Economics was matched against The London University College.”

News photo  c.1930?  “The Distaff Side of Rowing at Cornell” [dead heat in annual senior-junior women’s eights race on Cayuga Inlet] 

News photo  06/12/1930 “Women’s Rowing Race” [Oxford eight before a half mile time and style contest, won by Cambridge]

Postcard  1910  “Co-eds in Rowing Tank, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.”

Photo by Stearn & Sons “Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club/ Lent 1942/ Winners of the Oxford-Cambridge Race by 3 Lengths/ [and of the] Bedford-Cambridge [Race by] 3 1/2 [Lengths]/ [and of the] Reading-Cambridge [Race by] 1/4 [Lengths]”

Photo  June 1939  [29-year old Ernestine Bayer at ¾ slide in her single on the Schuylkill River]  [NRF/EB]

News photo  1966   [Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club eight on Schuylkill River]  [NRF/EB]

Cover photo  05/09/1965 Philadelphia Bulletin Sunday Magazine  “Girls’ Rowing Club” re Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club.

Sterling silver prize medal  17/07/1909 by R. Stoll NY “L.H.Y.C./ Ladies Doubles/ ½ Mile Rowing Race/ July 17 – 1909/ 2nd Prize.”

Enameled badge  1955 Campionatele Europene Feminine de Canotaj Academic Bucuresti

Cigarette card  1935  Deutscher Sport Bild Nr. 132 “Wanderrudern auf dem Rhein” issued by Bulgaria Zigarettenfabrik in Dresden.

Cigarette card  1932  “Bulgaria Sport - Photos/ Bild Nr. 184/ Dresdener Ruderinnen/ Bulgaria Zigarettenfabrik, Dresden A.21”

Cigarette card  1952  “31 Agnes Reuter roeien Serie: Deelnemers aan de Olympische Spelen 1952/ Parade-Cigaretten”

Playing card  c. 2000? issued by Audi honoring Dutch Olympians, including the Queen of spades:  Harriet van Ettekoven

Cabinet 11 / Shelf 3 - (Women and rowing continued)

Photo  [1974 Yale women’s varsity eight posed (standing with oars) on dock at Derby]

Photo  [1967 U.S. women’s team entered in the European Championships at Vichy, France] [NRF/EB]

First day cover  September 28, 1979 U.S.A. 15 cents 1980 Olympics “Joan Lind - Women’s History Series by N.O.W. - N.Y. - No. 102”.

Race program  The XIV National Women’s Rowing Championships/ June 14-17, 1979 - Stony Creek/ Detroit 79 NWRA

News photo  11/08/1991  "Salutes U.S. Flag" [Fidel Castro with gold medal US women's quad at Pan Am Games in Havana]

Ceramic mug  “National Women’s Rowing Association/ Tioga, PA. June 19-2 1986/ U.S. Nationals/ NWRA  USA”

Dinner program  1984 T.C. Williams crew banquet

Patch  1967 NWRA

Sport card  Impel Marketing  US Olympicards 1992 US Olympic Hopefuls No. 58 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson/ Rowing

Sport card  8/1990  Sports Illustrated Kids  Kris Karlson - Rower/ Weston, Connecticut

Postcard  Sonderpostkarte Ruder-WM/ Duisburg/ 27.8-4.9 ‘83 [20 autographs of 1983 US women’s team]

Cabinet 11 / Shelf 4 - (Women and rowing continued)

Cover photo  29/06/1913  The New York Herald Magazine Section “Fast Rowing on Lake Waban by Wellesley Crews”

Photo 2007  [World championship U.S. Women’s eight beside their shell, the “Torrey Cooke”]  [WHP]

Col illus  c.1955  “Josie threw every effort into her task and the St. Katherine girls responded gallantly.” 

Cabinet 12 / Shelf 1 - Canadian rowing
From the world champion Paris four of 1867 to Ned Hanlan, the greatest individual sculler of the 19th century, to its men’s Olympic gold medal eight of 1984, Canada has consistently produced some of the world’s best rowers.  One of the most courageous stories of recent history is that of Silken Laumann’s return from a devastating injury to medal in the 1992 Olympics.

Photo  “Late George Brown, Nova Scotia oarsman.  Born Feb. 7, 1839, Jerring Cove, N.S.  Died Halifax July 8, 1875”

Cdv  New Brunswick’s Oarsmen Champions of the World/ Paris Regatta/ 8th July 1867

Cdv  1867 “Champion Oarsmen of the World” [“Paris Crew” who won the first international rowing contest]

Card paper  c.1970 “Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen/ To An Oarsman”

Wood eng  26/07/1879 Canadian Illustrated News “The Hanlan-Elliott Race for the Championship of the World”

Wood eng  c.26/07/1879? Canadian Illustrated News “The Hanlan Reception – Departure from Niagara on Board the Chicora”

Program  [1-7]/08/1953 Coronation/ Regatta/ Programme/ 1953  Price 10c./ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Sheet music  1882 Composed for / inscribed to Mr. Edward Hanlan, of Toronto, Ont. (King of the Oar.) The Magic Boatman

Wood eng  26/07/1879 Canadian Illustrated News “Hanlan in His Boat” [fanning himself while a competitor to catch up]

Three cdvs of Ned Hanlan [WM]: c.1884 in jacket, tie and overcoat; in studio pose at catch; and in studio pose (“As he is, As he was”)

Book  Robert Sinclair Hunter, Rowing in Canada Since 1848 Hamilton:  Davis-Lisson Limited, 1933.

News photo  xx/xx/1928 “The Canadian double scull with J Wright and JS Guest who beat the Dutch”

Photo  [c.1911?] newsprint photo of “Ottawa Eight of 1909, 1910, 1911”

Postcard  1932 “Leander B.C. Olypmic [sic] Eight of 1932"   - GB or Canada?  [HR?]

Autographed photo  Silken Lauman

Various postcards: (a) Canadian Henley Regatta “The Finish”; (b) Winnepeg, Winners Sr. Int. Four Oared Shell Race/ Time 6:35 N.A.A.O.  Peoria 1912; and (c) Lou. F. Scholes/  Amateur Champion Sculler of the World./ Winner of Diamond sculls, Henley, 1904

Race program  Xerox presents The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, August 9-13, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada/ 1995.

Prize goblet  “Lachine Regatta/ First Prize/ Double Scull Skiff Race/ Zigzag Winner/ Augt. 3rd, 1867”

Prize medal  1933 “Aquatic CNE Day” “Canadian National Exhibition International Regatta” “Westsides R.C. 2nd Sr. Fours”

Celluloid pinbacks c.1905?: (a) “The World’s Champion Amateur Oarsman/ Lou Scholes” and (b) “Gaudaur/ Oarsman”

First day cover  1980  Canada  Ned Hanlan  [WM]

Various Canadian premium silks: Don Rowing Club, James Bay Rowing Club and Hamilton Rowing Club

Silk premium  “Rowing”

Ribbon  “[Dons pennant]/ Toronto/ Don Rowing Club/ Royal Canadian Henley/ Regatta/ St. Catherines/ July 27th and 28th/ 1923”

Prize mug   “J. Joy 2./ Jr. 135 Lb. Eight”  [City of Toronto] “1951”

Prize goblet on wooden plinth “Renforth/ 1920/ Robert Belyea” 

Cabinet 12 / Shelf 2 - The Global Reach of Rowing
Between the spread of rowing throughout the British empire (especially in Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa) and the interest in the sport that culminated with the formation in France of FISA, the first global team sport governing body, in 1892, rowing has been enjoyed and celebrated in many countries around the globe for over 150 years.  European countries have won more Olympic rowing events than the rest of the world, by a large margin. 

Race program  1988 Cadbury Kings Cup & National Rowing Championships/ 200 Years/ of Rowing/ Commemorative Programme/ 1788 – 1988/ Nepean River, Penrith, New South Wales/ 6th-10th April, 1988. 

Photo  “Regimental Crew  Poona  Feb ’83 won the Garrison Boat Race v. A.E. 2nd Cavalry, 14th N.I. and 16th N.I. boats. “

Photo  “Llegada en el Tigre (R.A.) 1° San Fernando (Giorgio)  2° Club Nal. de Regatas (I.A.Gil) 3° Teutonia (Remagen) Senior Single Scull Regata Internacional Ano 1936 (Marzo)”

News photo  20/06/1936 “The Marlow Regatta at Marlow-on-Thames” [Tokyo Imperial University crew]

Cover illus  1897 Jugend

Prize goblet  English and Scotch Races Four Oars Presented by English and Scotch Ladies Yokohama 7th October 1875 Won by England

c.1900     14K? gold? pinback w/ "ORC"? [Otago Rowing Club?]

Various prize medals: (a) [silver] “Regatta 7 de 7bro  Rio Grande do Sul 1852” [Empire of Brazil]; () [gold] City Rowing Club [Ballarat, Melbourne, Australia]/ Junior Members/ Trial Fours/ Octr. 1873; () “Championnats de Paris et de France/ 4 Rameurs/ 1er Prix/ 1906”  [HRR/TW]; () c.1930 on ribbon  “Union des Clubs D’Aviron D’Alexandrie” [Egypt]; () “S” and ”t” intertwined in “R”, “G” “1899”  “14 – 6 - 1931” “[Illegible] K.B.”; (d) “XXXII/ Frankische/ Verb. Rud./ Regatta  Wurzberg/ 1 Juli/ 1934”; () “Internat Regatta Zurich” “I. Preis/ Senior Achter/ 1.2. VII. 1916”; () K R & AC [Kobe Rowing and Athletic Club] 1922/ Junior/ Fours; () “Mosel und Saar/ Regatta Verband Trier/ Regatta/ in/ Trier/ 5-6 Juni/ 1926; () EMTE/ 1930/ 1. dij [Hungarian? coxed four top of the slide]; () c.1930  “Cercle de L’Aviron de Lyon – Fonde en MDCCCXC”; () “XII Intern. Regatta D. Stuttgarter Rudergesellsch.v 1899” “14 Juni/1931”; () “Frankfurter/ Regattaverein Frankfurter/ Altherrn u./ 34 Spat – Ruder – Regatta/ 8.u.9.9.1956”; () Federatia Romina/ de Sporturi Nautice/ [d emblem of oarsman]/ Regata Snagov/ canotaj 1965; ()

1935  Tokyo Imperial University Rowing Club bronze with silver gilt boat race fob/medal in the original fitted case.  [obv] TOUKYOU TEIKOKU DAIGAKU SOUTEIBU (Tokyo Imperial University Rowing Club). Inside the silver gilt boat is the kanji SOU (Row). Under that it is dated SHOWA 10 (1935).  [rev] MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANA (A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body). The maker's decal is in the lid of the case: Kadoya of Tokyo.

Prize goblet  S.R.C./ Henli Regatta/ June 3-4, 1917/ Griffins Pair [Shanghai Rowing Club]

Race program  Australian Henley Melbourne/ Amateur Regatta 22nd Annual Regatta Upper Yarra Saturday, 27th October, 1928

Medallion 1938  “1888-1938” [commemorating the 50th anniversary of a Greek rowing club/association]

shield hanging on ribbon  “27-28 Aug/ 1949”  “Regatta der/ Ruder-/Gesellsch./ Wiesbaden-Biebrich 1888”  ”Madler/ Mainz”

16/03/1988  New Zealand 40c Koru stamp and cachet “New Zealand Amateur/ Rowing Association/ Centenary/ Wanganui/ 16 March 1988” with image of “River Avon, Canterbury Rowing Club, Boatsheds, Christchurch, N.Z.” p/m 16/03/88 Wanganui

1909  Bronze circular medal [obv] port stern quarter view of single sculler at mid stroke, w/ coxed four and eight in distance; recessed  “Sporting Dunkerquois. Regates de 1909” around wreath with blank center field.  Edge stamped “Bronze”.

27-28/06/1909  Circular white metal medal [obv] woman in classical Greek gown standing with arms outstretched; laurel leaves to L and R of head; [L] Frankfurter Regatta – Verein E.V.  [R] Regatta am 27. & 28. Juni 1909   /s/ Rettenmaier 07.

1930  Sterling? silver shot cup with red enameled flag lettered “KR&AC” [Kobe Rowing and Athletic Club per vendor] and engraved “Junior Fours/ Autumn Regatta/ 1930” and stamped on bottom with Chinese/Japanese? hallmark?  Height  6.0cm

14/06/1931  Silver-colored pinback wreath with inset enamelled flag with blue and white horiz stripes and rampant horse on yellow field in UL quarter [obv] (on small shield below flag) “14 Juni 1931”  [rev] L “13 Stuttgarter/ Ruder-Regatta/ II. Achten”;  R “Pres v. Mineralbach?/ Berger-Urquell/ Stuttg...Berg”; B “Ehrenpreis/ [/] von Vorstand/ Stuttgerter Mineralbach/ Berg  A.-G.” 

1936  Light gray rectangular medallion [obv] standing oarsman holds an oar horizontally across his midriff, with another oar lying horizontally behind his feet, all over “Leipziger Regatta Verein”  [rev] pennant above “Ruder/ Regatta/ Leipzig/ 1936” above shield

1936  Enameled silver-colored screw-back badge.  Blue and white enamel letters “SNL” on horiz rectangle above smaller horiz rectangle engraved “Tete de Riviere” above smaller horiz rectangle engraved “Skiff”, all over four adjacent upright oars emerging above and below, the blades engraved “1”, “9”, “3” and “6”  Screw wheel stamped “Fraisse Demey  191.R.du.Temple.Paris”  3.6cm x 2.8cm

1937  Circular bronze medallion by Remeny  [obv] “75 Ev”  over “Osszetartasban” [rev] vertical oar bisects surface, splitting “18 - 62” at top, over wreath with horizontally flying ribbons over “Nemzeti Hajos/ Egylet” over stylistic water waves over “19 - 37” 

Prize silver mug  “Buffalo Regatta/ 29th Sept. 1885/ Silver Sculls/ Won by/ W.H. Fuller E.L.R.C.”

Cabinet 12 / Shelf 3 - (The Global Reach of Rowing continued)

Sheet music  c.1920 “Bien Tirao - Gran Tango Milonga - Dedicado a los distinguidos socios del Club de Regatas ‘Avellaneda’ ”

News photo  26/04/1942 “Club Nautico Hacoaj” [eight women and a man, members of this Buenos Aires, Argentina club]

Photo  YEAR? KSBC Henley Women’s Regatta    [WHP]

Cover illus  Anno XXViii – No. 8   1° Agosto 1928  Anno VI/  la Lettura/ ... / Milano [women in offset seating oarlockless hull]

Race program  12-14/8/1960  [FISA]/ women’s european/ rowing championships/ 12-13-14 August 1960/ welsh harp  willesden england

Race program  The First/ Henley Women's Regatta/ Saturday 18th June 1988/ Henley-on-Thames/ Official Programme

Mettlach / Villeroy and Boch stein 1895 [left panel of coxed four; right panel of single sculler]

News photo  17/06/1924  “Prince Henry of Holland Presents Gift to Women’s Crew”

Various postcards: (a) 31/08/1901 Hip Hip Hurrah! Regatta Ausschuss Feuchten Gruss! [comic panels of oarsmen wielding oars like clubs and lances]; (b) 1905 Naini Tal and Ranikhet Regatta   Parsi Sah, Naini Tal [India]; (c) c.1905? "The Finish – East London first, Cape Town second, Port Elizabeth third (1st. Zambesi Regatta)”; (d) c.1905? Victoria Falls Regatta. The East London crew, the four-oared champions of Zambesi; (e) 17/05/1905 33 Asnieres - Equipe du “Rowing Club” au pont d’Asnieres/ B.F. Paris [gig eight posed near the catch]; (f) 1906 Tasmanian Crew, Interstate Champions, 1906. [Australia]; and (g) c. 1920 Iraqi rowing club; 

Sport card  1978 Editions Rencontre SCULLING 32-22  Corinne Le Moal/ A Rosy Future

Trophy  1911 brass ostrich Munich junior eights 

Sport card  1979 Editions Rencontre Aviron Renee Camu [French sculling champion 1956-70; FISA silver medals 1963, ‘65 ‘68]

News photo  10/04/1936 “(Wo)manning the Sweeps” [Lyons womens’ eight practicing for the Thames Head of the River]

Cdv  c. 1865 of straight pair in India? 

News photo  1965 Ratzeburg defeating Vesper in the Grand at Henley 

Badges, patches, medals and pins [WM, WHP, TEW] ??

Cabinet 12 / Shelf 4 - Spectators, Boats and Trains
From sitting on grandstands and lakeshores in sun and rain (see stereoviews of 1874 regatta on shelf 1 of cabinet 8) to riding trains and boats, spectators at regattas have either had to forgo the convenience of a stadium seat or settle for a view of a portion of the race.  These tickets allowed fans to ride trains following the crews down the course.

Flyer “Great Intercollegiate/ Boat Races/ Between the Universities of/ Columbia, Cornell,/ Georgetown, Pennsylvania,/ Syracuse and Wisconsin,/ Tuesday, June 28th, 1904/ West Shore Railroad”

News photo  c.1930?  “New Haven Road Rushes Construction on Steel ‘Travelling Grandstands’ for Harvard-Yale Event”

Steamship ticket  1905?  The New England Navigation Co./ New Haven Line.  Yale-Harvard Boat Race.

News photo  c.1915  Observation Car at Poughkeepsie Races [packed train sitting on track, with spectators visible on hillside beyond]

Flyer  28/06/1878  “Yale and Harvard Regatta New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R./ Shore Line Division./ The Special Train”

Flyer  Harvard-Yale-Cornell Boat Race At New London, June 22d, 1898. Special Train, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad

Flyer  06/05/1939  Yale Columbia Pennsylvania/ Triangle/ regatta/ Saturday/ May/ 6/ on the Housatonic River/ The New Haven R.R.

Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race/ Saturday, 30th March, 1957/ Steamer ticket/ Price L1:10:0/ Admit Bearer to the “Royalty”

Postcard  1906  Following the Race, Observation Train, Ithaca, N.Y. [shot down the length of a packed open train along the lake]

Various observation car tickets: () “New London Northern Rail Road Yale-Harvard Boat Race 1888 Observation Train” Car No. 19;  () 1890 Yale-Harvard ; () New London Northern Rail Road/ Central Vermont Railroad Co., Lessee/ Yale-Harvard Boat Race 1891 Observation Train; () 1900  Yale-Harvard University Boat Race. Central Vermont Railway; () West Shore Railroad/ Intercollegiate Regatta/ Poughkeepsie-Highland Course/ June 26, 1907; () 1908 Yale-Harvard ; () West Shore Railroad/ Intercollegiate Regatta/ Poughkeepsie-Highland Course/ June 21, 1913...$2.50...Car 20; () West Shore Railroad/ Intercollegiate Regatta/ Poughkeepsie-Highland Course/ June 28, 1915...$3.00...Car 15; () [samples] 1920 Yale-Harvard Boat Race Observation Train tickets for Freshman and Varsity races; () 16/06/1933 N.Y.,N.H.&H.R.R. Car 12 Observation Train  for Harvard-Yale Boat Race; () Cornell University Athletic Association Spring Day Regatta Yale Princeton Navy Cornell May 18, 1935; and () 1941 IRA 

Ticket 1915 Harvard- Cornell

Postcard “Don’t forget the Regatta” 

Cabinet 12 / Shelf 5 - (Spectators, Boats and Trains continued)

Flyer 1969 Harvard-Yale observation train promotional flyer 

Flyer 15/06/1968 Flyer [printed in red and oriented to Harvard fans] promoting the Harvard Yale regatta observation train

Flyer  15/06/1968 Flyer [printed in blue and oriented to Yale fans] promoting the the Harvard Yale regatta observation train

Cabinet 13 / Shelf 1 - International regattas
Dating to at least 1867, crews have crossed national boundaries to compete for rowing honors. From the victory of the Canadian four at the 1867 Paris regatta, to the English crews at the 1876 Centennial regatta, to British Empire, European and World championships, some of the best rowing in the world can be seen without an Olympic ticket.

Various race programs: (a) Official Programme/ Friday/ July 4th/ Royal/ Henley Peace Regatta/ 1919; (b) FISA Men's and Women's European Championships 50. Mistrovstvi/ Evropy/ ve Veslovani/  Praha 18.-27. Srpna 1961; (c) FISA World Rowing Championships/ St. Catharines/ August 22-29, 1999/ St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; (d) Internationale Ruderregatta/ Regates internationales a l'aviron/ Luzern/Rotsee 7./8./9. Juli 1972; (e) 8-11/9/1966 11. Championnats du Monde a L'Aviron/ Bled/ Program/ FISA; (f) FISA III World Rowing Championships/ 2-6 September 1970/ St. Catharines, Canada; (g) Exposition Internationale/ Coloniale et d’Exportation Generale/ Amsterdam./ 1883./ Programme/ des/ Courses internationales/ a l’Aviron et a Voiles/ sur l‘Y Vendredi 6 Juillet 1883/ et/ sur le Zuiderzee Samedi 7 Juillet 1883; (h) British Empire Games/ Auckland 1950 New Zealand/ Rowing/ Monday, 6th February/ at/ Karapiro Lake; and (i) 27/8-7/9/1959 III Pan American Games

Postcard  1912 European Rowing Championships Geneva 

News photo  04/07/1962 “Russians Win International Regatta” [beating Vesper, Cornell, Washington, St. Catherine’s and West Side]

Cover wood eng  01/06/1872 Graphic  “The International Boat Race - The American Crew at Biffen’s Yard” [Atalanta]

Cdv  Jun 1872 “The Atalanta Crew”

News photo  24/12/1974 “Nile Race” [Cambridge, Harvard, Egyptian police, Egyptian universities, Yale and Oxford]

Enameled pinback badge   [European rowing championships?] Trebon 29-30.VI.1935 II Mezinarooni/ Veslarske Zavody

Souvenir goblet and egg cup  1979 Bled World Championships [WHP]

Postal covers  1932 European Championships  [WM]

8-11/11/1966 Yugoslavia 1 d Bled [regatta?] green and 5 d Bled [regatta?] blue

Pamphlet  1966 Federation Internationale des Societes D'Aviron / (F.I.S.A.) / Statutes / Rules of Racing and Regulations

Model oar blade mounted on stand  1997 Hazewinkel World Junior Rowing Championships  [WHP]

Pin-back badges: (a) 1955  F.I.S.A. Championnats D’Europe A L’Aviron Belgique; (b) 1961  FISA European rowing championships Prague - 50th anniversary Cinovnik [competitor]; and (c) 1963  FISA MOCKBa [Moscow].

Enamelled badge 1966  Championnats du Monde FISA/ a l’Aviron/ Bled Yougoslavie Rameur [Competitor]

Prize medal  1934  by  L Fraisse  Comite des Regates Internationales de Paris Championnat Paris a la Mer 1934

Cased prize medal  1925  Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron Championnats d’Europe / Prague

Ticket  1970 FISA Worlds St Catherines

Various patches:  1958 European Championships Great Britain team; 1978 World Champonships; 1978 FISA World Champonships [Karapiro] Australia team; 1979 FISA World Champonships Bled; 1979 World Champonships New Zealand team

Cabinet 13 / Shelf 2 - Coaches and Training
Whether reading the inscrutable words of Steve Fairbairn or listening to the inscrutable advice of Harry Parker, crews rise or fall by the talent of their coaches, and coaches, in turn, must understand the intricacies of training routines to get the most out of their crews.  Bicycles, horses and megaphones have given way to launches and amplified speakers, but the importance of good coaching to successful rowing has never varied. 

News photos: (a) 19/04/1933 “Coaches Yale’s Varsity Crew” [Ed Leader at the Bob Cook boathouse]; (b) 26/03/1932 “Syracuse Frosh Pull for Their Alma Mater” [Ned Ten Eyck replacing his sick father James as coach]; (c) 04/02/1932 “When Lions Take to the Water” [Columbia oarsmen in the tanks under coach Dick Glendon]; (d) 20/04/1929 “University of Wisconsin Crews Limber Muscles Sawing Famous Douglas Fir Trees”; and (e) 26/01/1946 “Ex-Prisoner of War Strokes Oxford Crew”  [R.M.A. Bourne, a 5-year POW, practicing]

Photo  c.1890? by Pach Bros “Yale gymnasium” [Yale’s innovative rowing tank, shown with oars shipped]

Article  Jul 1894 Harper’s New Monthly Magazine “The Harvard and Yale Boat Race - Observations of a Harvard Man” by W.A. Brooks, M.D. [illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson]

Book  [Edwin Dampier Brickwood], The Arts of Rowing and Training, by ‘Argonaut’.  London:  Horace Cox, 1866. 

Two pamphlets  “Rowing Notes” by S. Fairbairn. [Printed by] Spalding, Cambridge. Another printed by Crowther & Goodman, London

Cabinet 13 / Shelf 3 - (Coaches and training continued)

News photos: (a) 04/05/1932 “Glendon Aids Son at Columbia” [Richard Glendon Sr. in launch with Richard Glendon Jr.]; (b) 22/06/1946  “All But the Host” [coaches Logg, Bowles, Atkenson, Sanford, Ebright, McMillin and Walz – no Ulbrickson]; (c) 16/02/1935  “Training for Spring Regattas” [coach Whiteside with Harvard crew in Newell Boathouse tanks]; (d) 18/05/1940 “Mentor of Harvard Crew, Cambridge, Mass.” [Tom Bolles]; and (e) Jun 1931  “Bringing a Strong Crew Eastward for Regatta”  [Cal coach Ky Ebright]

Photo  [c.1930?] “Coach Ten Eyck of Syracuse University Crews” [on a dock speaking through a megaphone]

Coaching megaphone – pat. 1899  [WM]

Stroke watch  by Gallet ca. 1960  [WM]

Cabinet 13 / Shelf 4 - Officials
When the crew goes to the start, the coach steps aside and the race official takes over.  Competent officials are critical to fair races and well-run regattas and few contributors to rowing do as much for so little recognition. This display of the badges of U.S. official Ernie Bayer testify to the length and breadth of his service. 

Ceramic figure  01/07/2001  “An Old Heavy” [James Gee Pascoe Crowden, C.U.B.C. 1951 and 1952, Bedford & Pembroke, ‘Champion of the Cam’]  by Renaissance Fine Bone China of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.  No. 126 of an edition of 500.  [WHP?]

41 officials badges worn by Ernest Bayer  [NRF/EB]

Official’s badge with ribbon 1960 [worn by Jack Beresford]. “Willesden” “Championnats/ D’Europe a L’Aviron/ FISA 1960 Angleterre

Brass hand bell used by race umpire to recall crews  [WHP]

Cabinet 14 / Shelf 1 - Pop and bling
One measure of the popularity of any phenomenon is the extent to which it appears in popular culture.  Just as the sheet music scattered around this room, the advertisements, toys, household items, jewelry and other artifacts in this display provide a sense of the cultural penetration of rowing in the late 19th and early 20th century.  The first printing of Cole Porter’s “I Want to Row on the Crew” is here in the Yale undergraduate show program that he wrote. 

Sheet music  1852   “Row, row [sic; lyrics of chorus give familiar three “row, row, row”] your boat or the Old Log Cabin”

Wood eng advertisement  [c. 1860] “Clos’ter Regatta Shirtings” [coxed gig four in striped shirts and boaters]

Cover illus   22/07/1916 Collier's  rowing and boating cover story,"The Strolling Of Little Willie Little" by James Hopper illus by Paus

Six cigar box labels [port oar with scarf], Flor Fina, Hanlan Cigar, Meisterschaft, Good Stroke and George Harris [NRF/F-S]

Cover illus  10/04/1852 ILN  “The Oxford and Cambridge Eight-Oared Boat Race. - Sketched Between Putney and Mortlake. “ [HRR/TW]

Advertisement [c.1925?] for Herbert Tareyton cigarettes [man in morning dress on a boat raft with two oarsmen holding their oars]

Framed image “messing about in boats” quote from Wind in the Willows  [WHP?]

Cast iron pull toy  c. 1890 [eight oar shell]

Walking stick c. 1890 with metal handle chased with crossed oars and sculler

Ceramic figure  c.1900? [standing girl wearing sailor-style jumper, holding an oar upright]

Ceramic figure  c.1900? [standing boy in rowing outfit holding an oar upright in one hand and a winner’s wreath in the other]

Screw cap bottle c.1933  “Bobby Pearce’s Universal Liniment”  [photo of Bobby Pearce Champion Sculler of the World 1933]

Cabinet photo  [three women in boat]

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Advertisement  09/09/1916 Saturday Evening Post Firestone – Might Makes Right [two eights pass under a Firestone tire arch]

Trade cards  US Hotel, Chaffee (2); Henderson & Co. (6); Buffords (11) [NRF/F-S]

Trade card  1878    [“Bufford’s Comic Sheet - No. 419”] “His First Lesson”

Trade card  1878    [“Bufford’s Comic Sheet - No. 419”] “The Favorite”

Stamps – 2 pages (18 and 17)  [WM]

Trade cards – caricatures [Y] (3)

Cast bronze figure c.1899 [young boy sporting a black eye, and a jersey inscribed “99,” and clasping an oar, a football and a baseball]

Medal on ribbon  c.1899 [young boy sporting a black eye, and a jersey inscribed “99,” and clasping an oar, a football and a baseball]

Cceramic cup and saucer  c.1910 “Yale Boat House New Haven” [the Adee Boat House] on cup

Silver perfume vial c.1890 by Tiffany & Co.? [motif of four oar blades surrounded by cresting waves]

Sterling demitasse spoon  c.1920?  Indian head on handle and “Canadian Henley Regatta” engraved in bowl.

Sterling silver tea spoon  c.1900  oar shaped handle and a fish attached with a line from its mouth to the base of the blade

Two sterling silver enamelled hat pins  Yale and Harvard

Sterling spoon c. 1891 by Ellis Sterling [Pair of oars roped together; bowl is stamped “Toronto”] and smaller spoon of same design

Ceramic Limoges ash tray  c.1900? [three dogs rowing, one coxing, and a dark blue pennant with “Y” [Yale?] flying from stern]

c.1900     Pair of sterling silver tea spoons by S.H. Kirby with gilded bowl and handle with blue enameled "Yale" on blade at end.

Various coins (L to R): (a) [silver] 1974 Elizabeth II Canada Montreal 1976 Olympiade XXI Olympiad 5 Dollars; (b) [gold] 1978 USSR 100 Rubles XXII Olympiad Moscow 1980 [rowing course finish stands]; (c) [silver?] 1989  Niue XXV Olympic Games Barcelona 1992 50 Dollars; (d) [silver proof] 1989  Viet Nam 100 Dong  Barcelona 1992; (e) [silver/virenium?] 1999  “Gibraltar Elizabeth II 1899-1999 Mediterranean Rowing Club Centenary L5; (f) [cupro-nickel?] 2000 Australia Elizabeth II Sydney 2000 5 Dollars; (g) [copper-nickel]  2004  Belarus 1 Ruble, designed by S.P.Zaskevich and S.V. Nekrasova; (h) 1999  Benin 200 francs  Sydney 2000 

2002 Cover to National Rowing Foundation Raffle ticket book, appropriating image from Falk Collection/NRF  [WHP]

Premium/trade card  1888 Thes de la Caravane/ Edition des Thes de la Caravane/ Le Vainquer du Championnat/ Lith. G. Bataille Paris

Premium/trade card  c. 1890 Stollwercksche Chocolade Preisgekronte Gruppe 43. No. 1. Fur Stollwerck’s Sammel-Album No. 2

Premium/trade card  c. 1890 Stollwercksche Chocolade/ Ruder-Sport Gruppe 180. No. 3. Fur Stollwerck’s Sammel-Album No. 4

Silver gilt and enamel prize brooch  c. 1900 fashioned in the shape of a clam shell picturing the Detroit Boat Club  “Four Oared Gigs”

Candy tin  c.1970  [Swiss mint tin with two scullers on cover]  [WM]

Candy tin 1928 [reproduction Van Melle Toffees, Breskens Holland. Olympische Spelen 1928]

Toy figure  2001?    Dick Ericson bobblehead doll.

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Cover illus  10/04/1909  Tip Top Weekly “They handled that dainty yet sturdy shell lovingly, for upon it depended the hopes of Yale”

Cover photo  05/08/1996  Newsweek “An Olympian’s moment of silence”

Cover illus  25/06/1933  Street & Smith’s Sport Story Magazine [illus by E.K. Bergey for “The Yellow Shell” by T.W. Ford]

Stereoviewer c. 1910

Stereoview  Brown Freshman College Regatta 1870 [straight six at the dock]

Musical program The Yale University Dramatic Association Presents Paranoia at the Annual Smoker April 24, 1914.  First printing of Cole Porter’s famous song “I Want to Row on the Crew”.

Cover illus  Jul 1913 The Popular Magazine [illus by Hibberd V.B. Kline for “Twenty Years After” by Ralph D Paine]

1905 Athlete’s Weekly 

Cabinet 14 / Shelf 4 - (Pop and bling continued)

Pulp juvenile magazine  02/05/1924  Work and Win  “Fred Fearnot’s Winning Oar; or, A Four Mile Pull to Victory” by Hal Standish

Cover photo  22/07/1984 The Washington Post / Parade A Portrait Of Olympian Courage The Amateur by David Halberstam [Tiff Wood]

Pulp juvenile magazine  30/01/1897  Tip Top Weekly col. lith. “Frank Merriwell’s Victory or The Winning Oar”

Advertisement  Aug 1929 The American Magazine   Quaker State Motor Oil

Book  Ralph Henry Barbour, Captain of the Crew New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1901 / 1902

Pulp juvenile [William Gilbert Patten], Frank Merriwell’s Faith, or Tried and True  New York: Street & Smith, 1900. 

Felt pennants c.1930:  (a) Harvard and (b) Syracuse

Cabinet 15 / Shelf 1 - Art
The paintings of Eakins, Renoir and Seurat relating to rowing are justifiably famous, but many other artists of note have also depicted the sport.  Illustrators from Gustav Dore to A.B. Frost to Leyendecker to Norman Rockwell have created wonderful rowing imagery, and very early images by Childe Hassam (the red booklet cover) and Reginald Marsh (the Yale Record cover) are here on display.  Sculptors have produced memorable pieces; Ellen Kennelly’s replication of a sculler’s hands is a fine example.

Photo  1879 Joineville Regatta single sculls race  [French boating inspired numerous Impressionist paintings]

Ceramic charger c. 1900?  [hand painted European rowing scene]  [WM]

Bronze figurine  c.1985  by Peter Raymond? [woman rower carrying oar]

Photo  1936 [Leni Riefenstahl discussing camera angles with her cameraman for “Olympiad” rowing shots at Grunau]

Set of seven painted model oars

Cabinet 15 / Shelf 2 - (Art continued)

Magazine  Aug 1996  The Magazine Antiques [article “The Rowing Pictures of Thomas Eakins” by Helen Cooper]

Brochure  2001  “Thomas Eakins – American Realist” exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Trade card  1880  “Amateur Muscle in the Shell/ Copyright 1880, by Currier & Ives  N.Y.”

Booklet  [F.W. Knowles]: ‘88 Harvard Freshman Crew. Cover figure of oarsman by Childe Hassam.

Magazine  12/06/1919 [cover illus] Yale Record Commencement issue [Yale-Harvard Boat Race scene by Reginald Marsh]

Book  Helen A. Cooper,  Thomas Eakins – The Rowing Pictures.  New Haven and London: Yale University, 1996. 

Bookplate  1909  by William Edgar Fisher (1872-1956) “The Library of Bowdoin College – Gift of the Class of 1882”

Italian pen and ink over pencil drawing  18th c. [mythical beast with bull’s head on human body holding an oar]

Proof silver medallion  [c.1975]  Franklin Mint ["Max Schmitt in a Single Scull/ 1871/ Thomas Eakins"]

Wedgwood bowl mounted on plinth  [National Rowing Foundation / USRowing] Jack Kelly Bowl  

Stock prize medal c. 1930 [standing oarsman  single sculler over demi-lune] 

Cabinet 15 / Shelf 3 - Preservation of rowing art, history, literature and memorabilia; collections and exhibitions
The recording and preservation of rowing history has been effected by an amazingly small group of people.  While there are a number of good rowing histories (two published by Mystic Seaport), there are only two significant exhibits of rowing artifacts on long-term display in England and the United States – and this is one of them.  So here’s to those who collect and write and lecture on rowing history ... and may you be one of them.

Pamphlet  [R.H.G. and J.L.G.], XIVTH Olympiad, 1948.  Rowing Museum, The Drill Hall, Henley-on-Thames:  1948. 

[A. Lloyd-Taylor], Catalogue of the Collection of  Rowing Pictures and Trophies at the Coach and Eight  Whitbread & Co.  Ltd., [1953]

Book  J. David Farmer, Rowing/Olympics. University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 20 June - 5 August 1984.

Mary Jane Pagan and Thomas E. Weil, Jr., Reflections on a Tradition – English and American Rowing Art  Georgetown University, 1990.

Book [William Rose], In Retrospect 1939-1989 - An Exhibition Sponsored by Phillips at Stonor Park and during the 1989 Regatta. 

Pamphlet  Jane E. Allen and Roger B. Allen,  Flashing Oars Rowing on the Schuylkill  The Philadelphia Maritime Museum, 1985. 

Pamphlet  2006?  Geoffrey Page’s Rowing & Sculling Books/ For Sale at Way’s Bookshop/ Friday Street, Henley on Thames  [WHP]

Pamphlet  The Robert F. Herrick / Rowing Collection / Union Boat Club.  Dedication in the Union Boat Club May 20, 1962

Pamphlet  c.1973  The Parker Gallery/ ... / A Catalogue of/ The Rickett Collection of/ Rowing/ Prints, Paintings and Watercolours.

Book  Robert Frederick Herrick (comp.), Red Top - Reminiscences of Harvard Rowing   Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1948.

Book  Frederick Brittain, Oar, Scull and Rudder  London:  Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1930. 

Tls  15/01/1954  from Dr. Frederick Brittain to T.C. Mendenhall, reading in part, "I note that you have come across my bibliography of rowing in the book called Red Top.  Perhaps you do not know that by a piece of superb effrontery it was filched from my own book without so much as a request for permission or an apology for having stolen my property."

Cabinet 15 / Shelf 4 - (Preservation of rowing art, history, literature and memorabilia; collections and exhibitions continued)

Book  Fred J. Engelhardt (ed.), The American Rowing Almanac and Oarsman’s Pocket Companion. New York: Fred J. Engelhardt, 1874.

Book  E.D. Price and A.I. McLeod, Rowing in 1876, or, The Oarsman’s Pocket Guide   Detroit: 1876.

Book  W.H. Royston (ed.), The Rowing Almanack and Oarsman’s Companion   London:  Kent & Company, 1865. 

Friends of Rowing History National Rowing Foundation Mystic Seaport 3rd Rowing History Forum February 26th, 2006 Mystic Seaport

Book  Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, The Harvard-Yale Boat Race, 1852-1924  Mystic:  Mystic Seaport Museum Publications, 1993.

Friends of Rowing History/ National Rowing Foundation/ Mystic Seaport Rowing History Forum January 26th, 2003/ Mystic Seaport

Bulletin  June – July – Aug – Sep 2001/ River & Rowing/ Museum/ Henley on Thames/ Americans at Henley.

Book  Karen Ann Solem (ed.), American Rower’s Almanac Washington, D.C.:  1996

Book  Thomas E. Weil, Beauty and the Boats – art and artistry in early British rowing.  Henley: River and Rowing Museum, 2005.

Bronze sculpture  c. 2000 by rower and rowing sculptor Ellen Kennelly “The Ted Sprague Trophy”

Book  Keith L. Osborne (ed.), British Rowing Almanac and ARA Year Book.  London: The Amateur Rowing Association, 2006.

Book  Christopher Dodd, The Story of World Rowing  London:  Stanley Paul & Co.  Ltd, 1992.

1984  presentation model Glyn Locke racing single scull with pair of sculls mounted on a wooden stand.  No. 4 of 25. [WHP]

Book  G.E. Morris and Llewellyn Howland III, Yachting in America - A Bibliography  Mystic Seaport Museum, 1991 [and rowing]

Book  James Watson (ed.), Rowing and Athletic Manual for 1874.  New York: Jas. Watson, 1874.

Book  Daniel J. Boyne, The Red Rose Crew - A True Story of Women, Winning, and the Water.  New York: Hyperion, 2000.


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