Exhibitions/ Art Object

Wes Fesler Kicking a Football

Artist:
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
Date:
ca. 1935
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
32.9 x 25.0 cm (12 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.89
Rights and Reproduction:
© MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.
Not on view
In 1931 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Edgerton invented an electronic lamp that made stroboscopic photographs like this possible. Edgerton commented in his book Flash!: "...the kicker is Wesley E. Fesler, onetime all-American star at Ohio State, and the ball is inflated to the normal playing pressure of approximately 13 pounds to the square inch. 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."
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in ink, verso CR: "Football kicked by // Wesley Fessler [sic] // ------ // Harold E. Edgerton // M.I.T. // ------ // Taken about 1935"; inscribed in pencil , verso LC: "M.J.O.T. 10 x 13 // 5620"
[Pace/MacGill to Waddell, August 1, 1984]; John C. Waddell

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