It was a simpler time, and a time with much shorter shorts.
Bonus: Those skimpy uniforms required really fabulous warm-up suits.
If you are not distracted by the very short shorts, you may well wonder why the ref is holding a wicker chair for the player to stand on. Maybe installing a net which fell off?
Believe it or not, the chair was the first thing I noticed. I think you’re right–he’s making some sort of repair. Try to imagine this happening today.
I believe the guy on the chair is an SMU player, by the way.
If the guy in the middle of the warm-up suits picture really is a basketball player, it wasn’t only the shorts which were short. 🙂
Always good to see every player wearing Converse Chuck Taylors. I still wear’em.
He appears to be pushing the rim back up.
There was no dunking allowed back then, right?
Grungy, I think that was before dunking became a thing to do.
Shortly after dunking became fashionable, I heard or read one of the big names say something to the effect that the players of his day did NOT dunk because it was not thought to be a proper thing to do, or unsportsmanlike or something to that effect.
I never heard of Wilt Chamberlin’s dunking a ball, but he used to roll it off his hand DOWN INTO the net. So you know he could have dunked.
BTW, Grunge, I seem to recall that when the pros started dunking, the colleges outlawed it for a number of years.
Is that right, John Wolda?
I think Grungy is right about him pushing the rim (back) up. Note that there is a second referee helping to steady the guy on the chair. He’s holding on to his leg. I, personally, might have boundary concerns if a stranger grabbed me there!
Did all notice that wood is used in the construction, especially the NO see-through backboard?
In 1935, was there any plastic other than cellophane?
mistyped, should be 1936.
mea culpa, mea culpa
Gene, there was Bakelite and nitrocellulose (plasticized by camphor used as film stock by Kodak).
Is the short guy Charlie Tighe?
When I see pictures like the one with the player doing something to the rim/net, I always like to look at the background. In this picture I found it very interesting that all the spectators were dressed in suits and what looked like their Sunday best. How many people dress like that at a basketball game today? Oh how the times have changed,
How many people dress like that for the symphony any more?
Yes, shortly after this period we begin to see Bakelite and Bakelite derivatives used as “premium” trim items in car dashes.
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