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Mallets in Wonderland: 1928

Mallets in Wonderland: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium -- croquet." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Maybe not wonderland

Washington Sanatarium was a long-term care facility in the 1920s, so the croquet players may not think it's wonderland. But it is a clever title.

The sanitarium became the Washington Adventist Hospital. It was founded by the Seventh Day Adventists, who were headquartered in Takoma Park until 1989.

All the Excitement of, err, uhm...

I remember having to play croquet in eighth grade P.E.
This still frame picture captures all the action and excitement of the game perfectly.

A Compound Point

For the Shorpy railfans, I point out these Mallets appear to be non-articulated.

Sports injuries

So, does the chap over toward the right have a particularly bad case of croquet elbow, or has the nurse been using her mallet to enforce the rules?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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