COP Football Shoot, JFC, 1959


Six negatives left over in 120 roll film format. The label on the envelope reads “COP Football, Sept 2, 1959”

This confirms that Joel was shooting 120/220 format as early as 1959. I’ve seen a few other sample from that vintage float by. Joel still shoots the 3×4″ Press Format and the 4×5″ Large Format, but he adds another tool to his box … 120/220 roll film.

It’s not clear which camera Joel used between 1959 and 1964. The Koni-Omega was only released in 1964, so Joel used a different camera prior to this.

All negatives were properly exposed and developed. Great resolution and contrast. A step up from his other gear.

All six shots is most likely photographed on practice or warm-up. There are no spectators in the bleachers. And a photographer is seen with a Press format camera taking photographs of the team in action. Joel is shooting from the sidelines.

Checking the Holt-Atherton Digital Archives confirms there were no planned football matches in September 1959.

Photographing COP players with a Graflex Press Format camera, observe the flash during daylight ! 1959
Joel is photobombed by a 16mm cinematographer walking in the field of view, Sept 2, 1959
Players and coach, Sept 2, 1959
COP players, Sept 2, 1959
More players and coach, Sept 2, 1959

I don’t have a roster of this group, but Dick Bass might still be with COP. Experts, feel free to weigh in !

COP coaches, Sept 2, 1959

We stepped back a little in time, grounding ourselves for the next series of period images to scan and share.

Cheers !

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