[Barre, VT]. 1913. [Mounted Photographs] EARLY AMERICAN SOCCER TEAM, winners of the Vermont League and the 5-A-Side Champions of Vermont in 1913. Four mounted black and white photographs. Three photographs of the fourteen team members, as well as trainer, secretary and mascot, each in different attire. One photo of the five-a-side team, with trainer. Two large photographs (43cm; 64cm with mount), one medium (31cm, 46cm with mount), and one small (31cm, 39cm with mount). The three larger photographs have titles printed to the mounts; two list the names of the team members. The smaller mount has glue stains to edges and reverse. Contained within the boards of a nineteenth century folio-sized atlas. All mounts bumped and rubbed to edges. Atlas boards heavily battered. A few small marks and blooming to photographs. Good. A rare collection of photographs documenting the winning team of the Vermont soccer league in 1913, the same year of the formation of the United States Football Association (now U.S. Soccer) and its entry into FIFA. The first president of USFA was G. Randolph Manning, an Anglo-German migrant to the USA who was also influential in the popularisation of Association Football in Germany. The winning Vermont team here pictured was reportedly made up largely from Aberdonians who had migrated to Barre from Scotland to work in the granite quarries. Item #54436
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