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House of David Basketball: c. 1940

House of David Basketball: c. 1940

The bearded, celibate, vegetarian Isrealite House of David, as reorganized by Mary Purnell (A.K.A - Mary's City of David - Benton Harbor, Mich.), while famous for their amusement park, bands, and baseball team, also fielded a basketball team that played the Harlem Globetrotters and toured Europe in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. View full size.


Odd vibe here. Can't shake it.

Short shorts

Look at the shorts compared to the knee length basketball shorts in vogue today (which have gone too far the other way....they look like skirts). This photo could just as well be a current ad for Ralph Lauren boxer briefs aimed at the hipster crowd (or a billboard on Christopher Street).

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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