YESTERYEAR ATHLETES: SPORTS PHOTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES

February 2016 – March 2017, 2nd floor passageway of the Lightcatcher Building

Fairhaven High School gym class display their new exercise "suits" purchased in 1919 with funds they raised through candy sales. Photo by J.W. Sandison, Whatcom Museum #3254

Fairhaven High School gym class display their new exercise “suits” purchased in 1919 with funds they raised through candy sales. Photo by J.W. Sandison, Whatcom Museum #3254

Featuring fifteen historical sports images from Bellingham’s past, these black and white photos from the Museum’s Archives include team portraits, action shots of playground champs, gym class tumblers, track & field high-hurdlers, lacrosse pioneers, and field hockey icons, among others. The ephemeral “glory days” of amateur athletes, fodder for embellishment later in life, were captured by gifted photographers J.W. Sandison, Jack Carver, Dobbs & Fleming, Ray Clift and Tore Ofteness.