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Dressed in long-sleeved shirts and knee pants, with little padding and no helmets, these 11 young men form a line-up for the beginning of a football game. The photographer is not known, but care has been taken to show a line of apple trees in the background. Although football was a game played earlier in the 19th century in America, rules were not made up until 1873.