• Creator
  • Victor Animatograph Co
  • Created Date
  • 1931
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • This lantern slide, “McCurdy and Affleck (c. 1931),” shows the hand-colored portraits of James Huff McCurdy and George Baird Affleck. James Huff McCurdy (1866-1940) graduated in 1890 from the YMCA Training School, now Springfield College. In 1895, he returned to his alma mater as an Instructor and, ultimately, Professor Emeritus. McCurdy contributed to the field of physical education in many ways, such as his studies on the relationship betwee... more
    This lantern slide, “McCurdy and Affleck (c. 1931),” shows the hand-colored portraits of James Huff McCurdy and George Baird Affleck. James Huff McCurdy (1866-1940) graduated in 1890 from the YMCA Training School, now Springfield College. In 1895, he returned to his alma mater as an Instructor and, ultimately, Professor Emeritus. McCurdy contributed to the field of physical education in many ways, such as his studies on the relationship between heart rate, blood pressure, and motor tasks in adolescent boys. In 1924, he published one of the first texts for Exercise Physiology. In 1918, McCurdy realized the need “for an extensive programme of sports and recreation in the immediate postwar period that would bridge the gap and ease the transition between military service and civilian life.” The result was the Inter-Allied Games, the biggest international sports event that had ever been held at that time. Attended by 25,000 people, the Games were a huge success. McCurdy served as the Director of the Division of Athletes, Hygiene and Health for the YMCA among American troops in France. George Baird Affleck (1876-1958) spent his boyhood in the woods of Canada, where he became an enthusiastic trapper, camper, and naturalist. He attended Manitoba Provincial Normal School (g. 1895), University of Manitoba (g. 1897), and Springfield College (g. 1901), where he played on the lawn hockey team. He worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Winnipeg YMCA from 1898-1899 and as the Physical Director of the State Teachers College (Cedar Falls, Iowa) from 1901-1907. He spent the following two years as the Physical Director of the Central Department YMCA in Chicago. In 1908, Springfield College hired Affleck, and he remained here until his retirement in 1941. Affleck was professionally affiliated with the American Student Health Association, National Education Association, College Physical Directors’ Society, AAHPRER, American Social Hygiene Association, and American Camping Association of YMCA Secretaries. For thirty years, he compiled and edited the “Selected Bibliography in Physical Education.” He wrote articles for the Association Seminar, Physical Training Magazine, Pedagogical Seminar, Camping World, Journal of Health and Physical Education, Research Quarterly, and he co-authored the Classification for Physical Education Library. In 1944, Springfield College awarded him the Tarbell Medallion, which recognizes outstanding service. This image was used in the Massasoit for faculty portraits across a number of years. less
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  • Photographs
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