Browsing the archives for the olympics tag

6/16/1924 I simply must cease this chatter

6-16-24 Monday Read other letters first. Dearest big sweetheart. I received that precious little ring case this morning. I just love it so, because it was just typical of you. I appreciate it more than I can ever, ever, ever tell you. Thank you so much, dear. I’ll give you a very sweet one (????) […]

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6/14/1924 I couldn’t put it across

June 14, 1924* Florence My Darling, I did my best, but failed to be among the best that were up here. I have done enough to qualify but I just did not have the push today. I couldn’t put it across. This weather is terrible for boys in the South. While in NYC I put […]

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6/13/1924 I can bear almost anything rather than suspense

June 13, 1924 Cap.n Big Boy – dearest Beloved, You’re way way up north – way far away from Houston and Florence way up there with some more of your kind. It’s a little different from being down here where people look up to you, isn’t it? Up there, there’s so many¬†good men who are […]

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6/13/1924 the preliminaries

June 13, 1924 My Darling Florence; Today was final for me in Track. I did not qualify for the finals. Six men qualified and they were better than 140 ft. I got over 130′ but no good. With Love Fred

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6/13/1934 there is not enough minutes in the hour

June 13, 1924 My own Dearest Darling Florence; Just before the battle Dear, Just before the battle. Today we’ll go on the field together, to uphold the Blue and the Gray. This is the day our preliminaries come today and I will try my darnedest to do my best. I feel pretty good. I slept […]

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6/13/1924 after the preliminaries

Mr. F. J. Stancliff Boston, Mass To be opened June 13 at nite after the preliminaries. Freddy boy, now that things are beginning to come your way. And you’re “star” athlete in a school where athletes hold full sway, And the girls and boys of the Institute all know you for what you are, And […]

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6/11/1924 on top of the Woolworth Building

Dearest Florence, In a very few minutes I will be leaving New York. I have been so busy seeing things I haven’t had time to do anything but when I get to Boston I probably will have more time. Love Fred On Postcard: Was on top of the Woolworth Bldg today. 58 stories.

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6/11/1924 Think of me often

Dearest Boy, Perhaps something about the country you are travelling in now will suggest the peace of this poem. I’m sure you could go to sleep on it. Think of me often, big boy, and remember have a good time for us both. Florence On Envelope: Open Wed June 11 not before and not until […]

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6/10/24 Men are surely queerly built creatures

Tuesday, June 10, 1924 Hi there, old record breaking scout! Are you going to set the world’s record in the discus throw held at Paris? Or maybe you’ll break all previous records and blossom forth like the Baylor freshman did! not!!! Well, here’s wishing you luck, and victory. Remember, there’s always one behind you pushing […]

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The Athlete

If you have been following along, you know that Fred is on his way to Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 1924 Olympic trials in discus. He was an avid athlete which helped him get through college on a scholarship. The newspaper photo in this image shows the difference between the classic pose shows in the Discobolus […]

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