1920s Basketball Team Photograph

This is an vintage photograph of a 1928 basketball team. The team's basketball is marked "W.H.S. 1928" in paint, indicating, presumably, the initials of the team and the year they played together. In the photograph, ten players and a coach pose together in front of a backdrop. The players are dressed in their uniforms. 

Before widespread school district consolidation, most American high schools were far smaller than their present-day counterparts. During the first decades of the 20th century, basketball quickly became the ideal interscholastic sport due to its modest equipment and personnel requirements. In the days before widespread television coverage of professional and college sports, the popularity of high school basketball was unrivaled in many parts of America. Perhaps the most legendary of high school teams was Indiana's Franklin Wonder Five, which took the nation by storm during the 1920s, dominating Indiana basketball and earning national recognition.


The photograph black and white. Some light toning, due to paper age. Photograph is archivally framed in a custom-built frame, with UV dark gray mats, UV conservation clear glass, and a hand-built black and silver wooden frame. Framed dimensions: 14 1/4" H x 16 1/4" x 1" D. 

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