O.R. Benson (16 lb. hammer) (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

O.R. Benson (16 lb. hammer)

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.22748

Call Number: LC-B2- 3971-9


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 29/Jul/2014 04:05:10

    C in a circle . . . Columbia Sports Club?

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    • 29/Jul/2014 13:54:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Would you believe . . . in the days before sports agents and endorsement contracts athletes controlled how their images were used by copyrighting themselves. The big "C" in a circle is the universal copyright symbol and tells all photographers that his image is not to be used for commercial purposes without compensation. No? OK, Oscar R. Benson competed for the Chicago Athletic Association. His throw of 149'7" won 1st prize at the Junior Outdoor Track & Field Meet at Weequahic Park in Newark, NJ on Sep 8, 1916. He placed third in the Senior division the next day against P. Ryan of the Irish-American Athletic Club of New York, who threw 174'8".

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    • 30/Jul/2014 16:03:55

    a little more about Benson, who held national championships in the hammer throw in 1916, 1918 and 1925: trackfield.brinkster.net/Profile.asp?ID=501&Gender=M

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    • 30/Jul/2014 20:17:24

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/artolog] Competed in the championship meets, but did not win. 3rd column shows he placed 3rd, 4th & 4th again.

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    Darkroom Daze

    • 31/Jul/2014 09:53:36

    Just watched some of the hammer throwing at the Commonwealth Games and the throwing area, as usual, had huge regulation safety netting. Amazing that there's no netting in this photo. Was that because this is just a posed photo and the photographer thought the netting would have spoiled the picture, or did they not use netting back then?

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    Ryan (LOC P&P)

    • 01/Aug/2014 21:21:56

    Thanks for the information about Oscar Benson. We'll fill in the caption the next time we update.

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    • 02/Aug/2014 04:24:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thanks for the correction.