San Diego: 1924-25.
Hardcover. Oblong octavo. Brown leather over paper boards bound with metal brads, with the word "Photographs" stamped in gilt on the front cover, measuring 11" x 7". A collection of 125 sepia toned photographs affixed to stiff blank black leaves. Various sizes ranging from 3.5" x 5.5" to 6" x 9.5", many with captions. A handful of photos are missing from pages, some wear and chipping to the black page mounts. The final four or five photos are a bit soiled, but overall the images are clear and sharp. Very good with some rubbing, and modest chips and tears. A collection images from of the U.S. Marine Corp football team at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego showing 76 football photos, 16 military scenes, and 29 real photo postcards. Two photos of the owner of the album are affixed to the inside of the front cover, unidentified, except as a member of the 1925 team. One photo of the Marine mascot for the Devil Dogs carries the name of the Tierney Photo studio. There is a photo of the 1924 line and backfield members of the team, players identified in ink by their last names, a small photo of the 1924 team, annotated along the bottom of the photo with a typed list of player's names, and a large photo of the entire 1925 team posed in front of the goal posts. A photo of two teams in action on the field of play has been annotated in ink, "Marines vs Naval Training Station, score 61-0." Several other action photos of games are included, the Marines playing the Naval Hospital, the USS *California*, USS *Melville*, Riverside American Legion, etc. The military photos show drills and marching troops at the Marine Corps base in San Diego. Photo postcards include four images of the USS *Shenandoah* dirigible, three of the Panama Canal, and one each of the USS *Tennessee*, USS *Idaho*, USS *California*, and the USS *Oklahoma*. There is also a photographic rendering of the Marine Base in San Diego, "as it will be when complete." Lieutenant Elmer Hall, pictured in the 1924 team photo, played for the team between 1917 and 1925, and coached them from 1919-1940, including their first undefeated season in 1939. He helped define the football program at the base and Hall Field was named for him in 1956. A wonderful and detailed album of this military football team in California.