Several years ago, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming digitized a large collection of photographs from the Ludwig-Svenson photography studio in Laramie.
More than 3,500 negatives from the studio were digitized. Many captured scenes and people from in and around Laramie. A few of those captured Laramie High and University High (later University Prep) sports teams, including team photos for numerous LHS and UHS football teams.
Photos cannot be posted on this website because of the AHC’s strict copyright guidelines, so instead I’ve linked to the photos on the AHC website.
The collection also captured team photos of nearly every team participating in the 1931 state basketball tournament, which was played at the University of Wyoming.
The 1931 state tournament was significant in several ways: it was the last tournament in Laramie before it moved to Casper for the 1932-37 tournaments; it was the last “all-comers” tournament (no regional or district tournaments were used prior to 1932, and teams “qualified” for state simply by coming to Laramie); and it was the only state tournament in Laramie that didn’t have an all-class finals champion (Cheyenne was declared champ by winning the Class A division).
In these team photos, note: the standard varsity size team was eight players, not 12 like today. Also note that jerseys don’t have numbers, at least on the front.
And, for perspective: A senior in 1931 would likely be either 99 or 100 years old now. Even the youngest person in these photos is probably at least 94 years old by now. If you know someone in one of these photos who is still alive, post a comment below!
Byron (BHB champs and sweet uniform logo)
Carpenter (Class D champs)
Cheyenne (Class A champs)
Cokeville (Class C champs)
Hanna (Class B champs)
Rock River (was Rock River the “Pioneers” before it was the “Longhorns”?)
Superior (unofficial winners of the “best warmups”)
Upton (unofficial winners of “best jersey logo”)
The acquired collection also had several team photos from the 1923 state basketball tournament, also played in Laramie. Many teams had two photos: one in a standard style and one in a “rowboat” seating style.
A few other basketball team pictures from various state tournaments and from University Prep in-season photos were also digitized:
Worland 1925 (state runners-up)
Glenrock 1929 (state runners-up; Class B champs)
The collection is also full of UW sports photos and, of course, photos from in and around Laramie. It’s worth your time to simply browse the collection of 3,650 photos or search for your favorite words… like “basketball” or “football.”