Line of Scrimmage

Young friends take a break from their tackling and punting.   


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A gang of Mobile boys takes a break from a game of football to pose playfully for Norwegian-born photographer Erik Overbey. The Bay area has a long sports history, and Mobile children have no shortage of homegrown sports heroes to admire and emulate. The Whistler-born Billy Williams, a baseball Hall of Famer, once wrote, “Folks back in Mobile, Alabama, and the surrounding area like to joke around and say there must be something in the water down there…”

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The year this photograph was taken is unspecified, and the image itself offers very few clues, but we do know that Overbey operated a studio in Mobile from 1903 to 1958. If you recognize any of the children in this photograph, let us know! Email

Original photo from the Julius E. Marx Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama • colorization by Dynamichrome Limited

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