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A Friendly Game of Horse

A Friendly Game of Horse

Basketball at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Since 1949, the Durland's building at Central Park West has been home to ABC, at 7 West 66th Street. Until 1999, the sets for "20/20" and "Good Morning America" were in the main riding ring (above).

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Question for the Durland kin

Does anyone know who painted the foxhunt mural above the polo arena?

Durland's Riding Academy

Wow, this is really great to see. William Durland, owner of Durland's Riding Academy, was my great-great Uncle and it is so fun to see these pictures that I never knew about. I think that the NBA could learn a few tricks from them!

[That's interesting, and thanks. There was an article in the New York Times a few years ago about the building and the academy that might be in the archive section of the NYT web site. - Dave]

Horse basketball

I wonder if they dribbled. The players, I mean.

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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