Posts Tagged ‘vintage rowing’

A vintage rowing ephemera collection started in the 70’s by a collegiate rower who has continued to row as a master, inspired the concept of The Rowing Store. Many of the images have been used in products. We thought we would share an image a week with as much history as we have about the image. If any of our readers have more information to share or simply want to comment, we welcome your input. With Easter week passing, we thought it appropriate to begin with an Easter image.  The left side is printed with  “German American Novelty Art Series No. 1220 4 Des., Printed in Germany”and was mailed in 1912.


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As Masters Rowers across the country head to their regional regattas, I am reminded of this wonderful 1939 litho that I have in my collection.  The  image captures a snapshot of a moment that I so frequently see on the water after a race. Good luck to us all and may we row fast, well, and share a handshake and friendship after the race.

Master Speed by Robert Frost

No speed of wind or water rushing by

But you have speed far greater. You can climb

Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,

And back through history up the stream of time.

And you were given this swiftness, not for haste

Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,

But in the rush of everything to waste,

That you may have the power of standing still—

Off any still or moving thing you say.

Two such as you with such a master speed

Cannot be parted nor be swept away

From one another once you are agreed

That life is only life forevermore

Together wing to wing and oar to oar.

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1908 Edition Book Cover

The Complete Oarsman, written by R. C. Lehmann, published by George W. Jacobs & Co. Publishers in Philadelphia in  1908. The book includes 59 illustrations and photographs portraying good and thoroughly bad positions, equipment, regattas, races, and portraits. The books includes chapters on The Early History and the Development of Boat Racing, The Emancipation of the Amateur, The Evolution of the Racing Ship and its Oars and The Development of Style. Although I have not read the entire book, I find that most everything applies to how we currently row, perhaps even more so now than in the 70’s when I rowed in college. The book is  something that anyone who loves rowing should put on their Rowing Reading Bucket List. I will post some poetry, anecdotes, and quotes in my nest post. If I have piqued your curiosity, The Internet Archive has this classic book available online.

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