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060 – Old Boys and Behind the Scenes

Today we have a couple of magazine scans from 1948.

The first couple (from Picture Post dtd 10/04/1948) has one of my favourite Arsenal photo’s, showing a trio of old boys still supporting the team over half a century after playing. The rest (from Everybody’s dtd 20/11/1948) show a behind the scenes look at Highbury introduced by George Allison.








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008 – Famous Footballers 1890s

A popular quality magazine of the time was called Famous Footballers which was published in an oversized format (hence the pictures and details having to be scanned separately). I’ve scanned a teamgroup and a couple of players, including possibly the greatest name in the history of our club (who was also our first international), Caesar Augustus Llewellyn Jenkyns.



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006 – In Remembrance of Arsenal

In the late 1800s a fad developed of supporters having ‘In Remembrance’ cards printed to be given to opposing fans after a victory.   As these were normally made of cheap paper, and no doubt not so gratefully received, I thought it would be interesting to put a scan of one I have up.   Needless to say rumours of Arsenal’s demise were rather wide of the mark.

 

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005 – Top of the League

In the 1890s one of the main sporting magazines, which included all kinds of sporting fixture lists for the upcoming week as well as match reports from all kinds of sports.   The clippings below are from an 1891 copy that has an early ‘league table’ showing Arsenal top.  Of course.

 

 

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004 – Match Photo 1890s Stylee

In the late 1800s magazines relied on drawings to show match action.  The two I’ve scanned below are both from The Penny Illustrated magazine, the first from October 1890 and the second from October 1891.

 

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003 – Winning a Trophy

In 1889/90 Royal Arsenal entered the FA Cup (in the qualifying rounds) for the first time.  As well as that we won our first competitions.

We won the Kent Senior Cup (beating Thanet 3-0) and the Kent Junior Cup.  Old Westministers beat us 1-0 in the final of the London Cup before we got our revenge by beating them 3-1 to win the London Charity Cup.  The cutting above is scanned from the Daily Graphic of April 7th, 1890.

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002 – 1888 Team Group

I must admit I rather adore Victorian teamgroup photographs.  Find a grand background, slouch around all nonchalant, and take the shot.  Far more enjoyable than rows of players looking straight forward.

 

I’m sure looking at the writing you think I’ve reversed the scan but that is actually how it is.  It’s part of a long card with various magazine sports pictures stuck on it, presumably to be shown through some type of mirrored or reversing projector.  For the record the other images include cricket, women skating on a frozen lake and a ladies hockey match.

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