John T. Barret in cake race, approaching the finish line on Grant Field
Barret, John T.
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Georgia Tech Freshman Cross Country, March 8th, 1924. A side-rear picture of John T. Barret, sophomore, Class of 1926, as he approached the finish line. The finish line was actually a sort of cattle chute that served to keep in line those finishing, in the order they came in. Members of the Koseme Society in charge of the race entered position number on the cards attached to the garments, whatever they were, worn by each runner. This was done to expedite selection of cakes by runners in the order they came in. Barret is wearing an underwear of shirt and trunks. Upon arrival at the Tech campus all his underwear consisted of B. V. D. 's, so when he started training as a freshman in January 1923, he had to go downtown and buy this special 2-piece suit of underwear a considerable expense for a freshman living in the shacks whose monthly allowance was $5.00 plus the required $18.75 for board, room and laundry. He wore this 2-piece suit of underwear from January, 1923, through the period of the Birmingham Road Race in the winter of 1923, and in the spring of 1924 until he was included in the varsity track team during April, when he was issued a regular Track Team uniform. President T. S. Blackman of the Koseme Society escorted Barret to the cakes layed out in the West Stands, and privately suggested he select a cake considerably decorated with icing. This was the cake prepared by Miss Mary Lamar Knight, sponsor of the race. For the benefit of press photographers, Miss Knight posed, presenting Barret with the cake. She was accompanied by Miss Catherine Cannady and Ms. Corday Rice.