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Good Wednesday to you, friends.† WPW leads off with a classic shot of the B1G football coaches meeting prior to the 1931 season:
Kipke and coaches 1931 360785202817†† Kipke description
This photo, from the Big Ten meetings prior to the 1931 season, is probably worth its $44 auction price.†† On the floor youíve got M headman Harry Kipke with Purdue coach (and former player under Rockne) Noble Kizer demonstrating life in the trenches.††† Minnesotaís Fritz Crisler, who would replace Kipke later that decade, watches from the back.†† Amongst the men seated is Illinois legend Bob Zuppke sitting next to the one & only Amos Alonzo Stagg.† Great shot.† Dress code in Ď31?† White shirt, tie, Brylcreem in the hair (except for Stagg).
Benny Friedman 1926 201047600870

I donít know when wire photos started to be distributed to newspapers, but this has to be a fairly early one (from 1926) featuring the great Michigan quarterback and NFL HOFíer Benny Friedman.†† Seller claims it is an original and wants a mere $30.† If itís truly the original itís worth over $100 easy IMO.

Iowa Depression 360685717404

The Depression was a bitch.† It was tough to get folks to the Big House in 1933, despite the team entering the season as defending national champion and back-to-back-to-back B1G champs.† Above is a shot from the Iowa game in Ann Arbor on November 11, 1933 and the Wolverines were 6-0 Ė despite all this but a mere 22,000 fans waddled into the Big House on this day.† (Memo to the sardines crammed in end zone—umm, spread out!!).

Michigan would go on to claim the 1933 national title after tying Minnesota the following week and blanking Northwestern in the finale.

Previous editions:
  • Wire Photo Wednesday | Men Amongst Boys† (Cazzie Russell, Tom Harmon)
  • Wire Photo Wednesday Cries Wolverbear!† (1962 Logo on Jersey, Bo Schembechler)
  • Wire Photo Wednesday | Spotting a tiny Maize Boat on the Horizon
  • Wire Photo Wednesday | Carlos Danger Izzo & Silver Ike (Tom Izzo in his prime)
  • Wire Photo Wednesday: Illini Stew & a Trashed Yost (Vintage Homecoming photo, Yost Field House damage)
  • Wire Photo Wednesday : Smooth Swing, Smooth Ride (Bennie O. in a fresh slide, golfer Johnny Fischer)
  • Wire Photo Wednesday Ė The inaugural
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