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The Playford Reed Photographs includes photographs and self-made postcards ranging from portraits, family photos, and sports photos all pertaining to Playford Reed, his upbringing, his friends, and his family.

Playford Whittemore Reed was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1901 to William “Whit” and Birdie Reed. Playford grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas and attended the State Manual Training Normal School (now Pittsburg State University) in 1921, but finished his education at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. While in college, Playford played football and baseball. Reed married Marie Couts in 1930, and worked as a car salesmen in St. Paul. In 1931, his son Billy Reed was born and Playford then began working as a school teacher. When the United States entered World War II, Playford was drafted into the 314th Company, Fleet Marine Corp Reserve at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. During his service in the Pacific, he was the captain of the Marines baseball team. Playford Reed died in 1976 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Athletics, Social Life and Customs


Health and Physical Education

Size of Collection

.2 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0325

Reed, Playford, Photographs, 1897-1945



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