Oct. 11, 1954
Oct. 11, 1954

Table of Contents
Oct. 11, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Under 21
  • The good old game of touch, with rules or without, provides football fun for everyone without the spills and skills demanded by the regular game

The World Series
The Bands Play
  • Fancy-free and full of fanfare, football music fills the air with its magnificent manifestations of a martial mania as old as the game itself

  • The violent upsets shown on this and following pages are not the sort of action spectators at the National Horse Show next month are likely to see. To riders and horses preparing for the elegant precision which the arena requires, however, they are normal hazards—and they show that mastering the delicate art of jumping thoroughbreds is a sport which is anything but tame

Sunday Pilot
Sporting Look
  • For fifty years the opening day at Belmont Park has brought out the first fall fashions in the East. This year there was no doubt about the favorite for suits and coats: tweeds—win, place and show

Horse Racing
Sport In Art
Eastern Football
  • Born in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1859 and still living there, Putt Telfer has recorded village sport scenes for 75 years

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


Born in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1859 and still living there, Putt Telfer has recorded village sport scenes for 75 years

Arthur J. (Putt) Telfer, who got his nickname 50 years ago because of the "putt-putt" sound made by his motorboat on Cooperstown's Lake Otsego, began snapping pictures in 1878 and kept on snapping for 75 years. Putt started out with a homemade camera, used a wet plate made of window glass and developed his pictures in a portable horse-drawn dark room. Later he used dry plate but it was not until the 1930s that he reluctantly switched to film. He still says that glass beats film all hollow and will show anyone who argues the point pictures taken during Hayes's Administration to prove it. In 75 years Putt covered every phase of village life such as sports, weddings, parades, fires, group pictures and portraits. He accumulated nearly 100,000 glass negatives. Stored in a barn and forgotten for years, the negatives were rescued in 1950 by the N.Y. State Historical Association at Cooperstown where a collection of 200 prints are now on permanent exhibition. Examples of his work in recording village sports scenes are shown on these pages.

This is an article from the Oct. 11, 1954 issue Original Layout

Gay nineties bathers strike a more or less self-conscious pose at Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Visiting firemen from Unadilla, N.Y. charge up Coopers-town's Main Street at Firemen's Tournament August 22, 1913.

High wheelers, shown here in two models, spin along a road in 1885. Large front wheel was more popular.

Proud footballers of Cooperstown High line up before a screen for 1906 picture. Five players are still alive.

Single sculler at the turn of the century cleaves the waters of Lake Otsego, made famous by novelist James Fenimore Cooper as the Glimmerglass.

Croquet players of the late '70s pursue the game on a plot of land on Main Street, Cooperstown, now occupied by the First National Bank.

Baseball players were caught in motion by Putt Telfer in 1919 on the hallowed ground where Abner Doubleday supposedly invented the sport.

Mixed doubles reflects the decorous nature of tennis in early days.

Village tumblers, with a mustachioed Professor Martin as low man in the pyramid, strut their stuff on the sidewalk in 1900.