Harold Edgerton: Ten Photographs

Football Kick

(American, 1903–1990)
Image: 29.2 x 23.4 cm (11 1/2 x 9 3/16 in.); Paper: 35.2 x 27.9 cm (13 7/8 x 11 in.)
Impression: 8
Location: not on view
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The foot belongs to Youngstown native Wes Fesler, who played football, basketball, and baseball at Ohio State University and went on to become a college football and basketball coach.


In 1931, electrical engineer Harold Edgerton invented the stroboscope, a flash that produces split-second bursts of light that allow photographs to freeze objects in motion and show phenomenon not visible to the unaided eye. Edgerton noted that "the ball is inflated to the normal playing pressure. . . . Measurements show that the boot penetrates at least half the diameter of the ball. At the top of the ball, note the dust suspended in mid-air as the rapidly accelerated ball leaves."
Football Kick

Football Kick


Harold Eugene Edgerton, Palm Press, Inc.

(American, 1903–1990), null
America, 20th century

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