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Next Stop, Niketown: 1908

Next Stop, Niketown: 1908

        No doubt some of your chums are already enjoying this fast-paced sport. Why not give it a "shot" to-day?

New York, 1908. "Basket-ball at Columbia University gymnasium." 8x10 inch glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


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You needed a stick back then

Note the closed bottom on the net - whenever somebody made a basket, they had to get a stick and poke the ball back up through the rim to get it back. The Internets tell me that the change to an open net happened around the time of this photo.

The hoop is also solidly mounted to the backboard; no dunking like on a modern hoop with springs. It looks to me like the rods on either side of the hoop, and the small backboard under the main one, may have been added later. It also looks like the whole backboard-hoop-supports assembly can be moved up and down the vertical pipe, to adjust the height of the goal.

Deja vu all over again

Those Basketball Bloomers are almost in style again today.

No Dunking!

Is that a group of very short guys, or is the basket 12 feet high?? I don't foresee a lot of slam dunks.

10 pole

Brings back memories of a number gymnasiums from my youth. Loved the ropes and the horizontal ladder.

But what type of activity would be associated with the assembly of 10 vertical poles affixed to the wall?

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