Tennis Courts . . . with sheds!

Talk about your pulse-quickening images! Here’s a blurry print of a fellow playing tennis, circa 1929:

Glass tennis w shed c1929 from print

That’s quite a shed in the background, isn’t it?

Two minutes later I found a glass plate negative taken from a bit farther out that gives us a much better view of what turns out to be not merely a shed but an entire shed complex:

Glass tennis with shed 1929

I’m telling you, anything can happen where I work.

Bonus: Also never before seen (at least by me), this door open. It was beer-bike weekend but I don’t know if that’s connected to the door being open.

Open door Physics arcade beerbike 2015

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6 Responses to Tennis Courts . . . with sheds!

  1. marmer01 says:

    And a house on Rice Blvd, untreed!

  2. David Frels says:

    I think you could do a series on where tennis courts have been built and removed from all over campus.

  3. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    So when did men figure out that playing tennis in shorts was much “cooler?”

    • almadenmike says:

      It was apparently not long after this photo was taken.

      From Wikipedia: Brame Hillyard (1876 – 18 June 1959), a British tennis player, was notable for being the first tennis player to appear at Wimbledon wearing shorts rather than trousers. He did so in 1930 on Court 10. (Bunny Austin, three years later, was the first male player to do so on Centre Court.) (

  4. loki_the_bubba says:

    Remove the left side of the shed. Take off the back of it. Leave just the front porch and the first peak of the building. Is that the recycling center in the late ’70s and early ’80s?

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