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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Tourist Court: 1905

Tourist Court: 1905

Florida circa 1905. "Tennis courts at Palm Beach." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Not so sneaky feet

According to the official Keds website, the earliest popular sports shoe was launched in America in 1916. The footwear seen in this photo was probably better than street shoes for playing tennis, but, improvement was imminent for comfort, traction and durability.

I don't know which

would kill me faster -- trying to run in those hats and dresses or sweating to death!!!

I can't imagine it

As someone who has played competitive sports for a very long part of my life, I just can't imagine having to play such active games in an ankle length skirt. It must have made the game go so slow.

(And to think I used to complain vehemently about the inconvenience of having to wear a knee-length skirt for field hockey. Suddenly I feel like I had it easy.)

Mmm, doughnuts!

That white box by the bench in front almost looks like it could be Krispy Kremes.

No Hawaiian shirts?

Slim, attractive tourists, tastefully attired. What a concept.

 
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