Robert L. Smith Collection

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Robert L. Smith’s first job with the Bills was to shoot the team’s press photos in 1960.  Since that time he has shot some of the game’s greatest names, from Kemp and Gilchrist to Kelly and Reed, and hundreds in-between.  Among his most popular works are “The Hit Heard Round the World,” a perfectly-timed shot of Mike Stratton’s legendary hit on Keith Lincoln in the 1964 AFL Championship Game, and “Football Ballet,” in which Paul Costa makes an overhead catch of a Kemp pass that fell just beyond the hands of an outstretched Patriots defender.

I have been collecting Mr. Smith’s AFL photography, and have accumulated many fantastic images of the 1960s Buffalo Bills.

If you are interested in purchasing some of Mr. Smith’s Bills photography, you can view his EBAY STORE.  If you decide to make a purchase, tell him that you learned about his photos on Tales from the American Football League, and he will send along a special gift!



Todd Tobias (789 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

One Response to Robert L. Smith Collection

  1. John says:

    Great collection!

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