Girls Sports, 1930: “a gala day in Huntsville”

It’s too hard to explain how I happened upon this today. I just don’t have the strength. But it’s awfully interesting to see how women playing sports were viewed in this era. I was especially taken with the notion that they needed to avoid rivalry and maintain “good feeling.” It’s not at all clear to me whether the girls were supposed to be afraid of rivalrous feelings or especially susceptible to them, so that the organizers had to arrange things to keep them on friendly terms.


Here’s the program. I had never before heard of tennekoits, which turns out to be an odd sort of ring tennis:

This opens up to become a name tag:

We ruled in tennis, by the way:

Bonus: It’s that time of year again.


Shake your lulav!


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