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Wayback Wednesday
Wayback Philly
August 12, 2020
Adam Bruce, row2k.com

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1946. Shell was dedicated by members of the Crescent Boat Club, No. 5, Boat House Row, in memory of Edward T. Smith, Jr., who was killed July 27, 1944 while fighting with the Marine Corps on Guam.

1946. Shell was dedicated by members of the Crescent Boat Club, No. 5, Boat House Row, in memory of Edward T. Smith, Jr., who was killed July 27, 1944 while fighting with the Marine Corps on Guam. - Click for full-size image!
Circa 1940-1949. Penn Charter School -Michael Popow, Albert Taylor, Daniel Donegan, Joseph Crilley, and cox Pete McCaffrey return with the 4-oared gig to the boathouse. - Click for full-size image!
1894 Fairmount Rowing Association (founded in 1877) surrounded by their trophies. - Click for full-size image!
1941. Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was founded on May 4, 1938. The oldest active women’s club of its kind in the United States. - Click for full-size image!
1941. Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was founded on May 4, 1938. The oldest active women’s club of its kind in the United States. - Click for full-size image!
1941. Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was founded on May 4, 1938. The oldest active women’s club of its kind in the United States. - Click for full-size image!
1941. Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was founded on May 4, 1938. The oldest active women’s club of its kind in the United States. - Click for full-size image!
1945. La Salle High School rowing team with Jack Kelly, Sr. - Click for full-size image!
1899. Pennsylvania Barge Club from a commemorative book on the history of the Schuylkill Navy. - Click for full-size image!
1899. Malta Boat Club from a commemorative book on the history of the Schuylkill Navy. - Click for full-size image!


When you think of rowing in the US, there is one city that is always top of mind... Philadelphia. From the Dad Vail and Stotesbury regattas to the famous Boathouse Row along Kelly Drive. Philadelphia has and still plays a major roll in US rowing tradition and history. That is why this week we are going Wayback to Philly!

This week's photos are courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Check out their full digital archives here.

We would love to do another reader submitted Wayback Wednesday in the near future. If you have any old school rowing images we should check out and are allowed to share, please send them to us.

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