We pick up photographs of college class football teams as they can be great photos on their own and aid in our research. This particular photo of the Harvard class of 1897 team had several things that were of interest to us. This is a larger (9 ½” x 13”) albumin photo of great clarity and identified sitters. It came out of the personal album of Harvard graduate Thomas Gannett of Hopedale, MA, whose photo playing tennis can be seen below (on the reverse side of the album page from the football photo).
Something I really enjoyed finding, was that a fly introduced itself during the photographic process and appears in the photo on the team manager’s shoulder. That was a first (see close up below).
Close Up of the Fly in the Photo
“Thomas B. Gannett Jr. and Maggie Carr playing against Mr. Carr, Manchester, 1896”