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Photos of Alfred Downer discovered
The National Library of Scotland has uncovered some rare sporting images from the turn of the last century, including this action photo of Alfred Downer sprinting. It is one of a series of posed pictures of Downer taken for his book, Running Recollections and How to Train, which was published in 1900. The NLS has appealed for information to help them identify a range of pictures, some of them showing athletics at Powderhall, and I have written to tell them that this is Scotland's world-famous track champion. You can see all the pictures at http://digital.nls.uk/edwardian-sports/list.cfm
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All blog posts, unless stated, are written by Andy Mitchell, who is researching Scottish sport on a regular basis.