1898 Princeton Team photo. Poe seated to captain Hillerbrand's right.
1899 Princeton team photo
Close up of the 1899 team photo
Close up of 1899 team photo
The 1899 photo above, which is roughly 5" x 7", was on an album page with four other Princeton photos. This page was for sale in Germany and was priced at a hefty $2000.00 US. I asked the two owners if they would entertain an offer (I felt this was six to eight times what it should have been priced at the time), however, they felt strongly that it was worth the asking price as it had early campus photos. A year later I contacted them again and asked if they were willing to consider an offer and again was told no. I contacted them annually for two more years, and in the end said that I would be surprised if they had had any other interest and told them what I would be willing to pay, reminding them I would continue to get in touch with them at the same time of the year, every year. They relented.
I believe this to be the area adjacent to the football field (the room pictured is open to the outdoors) where players could be treated during the games (Photo from the sheet above).
A written description of such an area, taken from Football Days, quoting Harvard doctor, W.M. Conant: "I had a house built under the grandstand where every man from our team was stripped, rubbed dry and put into a new suit of clothes, also given a certain amount of hot drink as seemed necessary. This was a thing which had never been done before, and in my opinion had a large influence in deciding the game in Harvard's favor; as the men went out upon the field in the second half almost as fresh as when they started the first half.”