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Racquet Collection

Background imageRacquet Collection: Real Tennis & Racquets

Real Tennis & Racquets
The racquets used to play the game are depicted below a match in progress. Date: 1771

Background imageRacquet Collection: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield

Major Walter Clopton Wingfield - devised, developed and popularised the game of lawn tennis in the early 1870s. 1881

Background imageRacquet Collection: Teddy bear playing tennis

Teddy bear playing tennis. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Tatler cover - Gabrielle Chanel & Alain Gerbault

Tatler cover - Gabrielle Chanel & Alain Gerbault
Front cover of The Tatler featuring a snapshot taken at Eaton Hall, Cheshire seat of the Duke of Westminster, where Alain Gerbault, captain of the Firecrest and French lawn tennis star, was staying

Background imageRacquet Collection: SNCF poster, Chamonix, France

SNCF poster, Chamonix, France, in summer and winter, offering golf, hockey, mountaineering, skiing and tennis. Date: circa 1948

Background imageRacquet Collection: Miss Kathleen McKane, tennis player

Miss Kathleen McKane, tennis player
Miss Kathleen McKane (Kitty McKane Godfree) (1896-1992), tennis player, Englands lawn tennis hope, and rival to the French player, Suzanne Lenglen

Background imageRacquet Collection: Lawn Tennis Championship at Wimbledon 1887

Lawn Tennis Championship at Wimbledon 1887
A page of vignettes from the 1887 Wimbledon Championships in London SW19 including the champion H.F. Lawford, E. Renshaw, C.Cole and that years ladies winner taking centre page, Miss Lottie Dod

Background imageRacquet Collection: Tennis Pin-Up 1950S

Tennis Pin-Up 1950S
An athletic, glamorous blonde in pristine whites (shorts, blouse, plimsolls, bobby socks & red belt), wooden racquet & with fuzzy balls in hand, stands on tip-toe at the net

Background imageRacquet Collection: The Racquet Court. Date: circa 1880

The Racquet Court. Date: circa 1880

Background imageRacquet Collection: Delineator cover July 1927

Delineator cover July 1927
Front cover illustration featuring a poised looking lady tennis player holding a racquet against the backdrop of a grass court

Background imageRacquet Collection: Advert / Gold Flake Cigs

Advert / Gold Flake Cigs
Willss Gold Flake at Tennis Parties - the Mans cigarette that Women like

Background imageRacquet Collection: Young Girl in a white dress holding a small racquet and ball

Young Girl in a white dress holding a small racquet and ball
Cabinet Photograph of a young girl in a white dress holding a small racquet and ball Date: circa 1890s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Woman in white dress and red scarf with tennis racquet Date: 1905

Woman in white dress and red scarf with tennis racquet Date: 1905

Background imageRacquet Collection: Lili Alvarez - Spanish Tennis Champion at Wimbledon in 1926

Lili Alvarez - Spanish Tennis Champion at Wimbledon in 1926
Elia Maria Gonzalez-Alvarez y Lopez-Chicheria, also known as Lili Alvarez (19051998) - a Spanish multi-sport competitor, an international tennis champion, an author, feminist and a journalist

Background imageRacquet Collection: Cross section of Titanic showing decks

Cross section of Titanic showing decks
Cross-section of the Titanic in dock at Southampton. The double bottom is shown in white; the seven decks from the bottom up are the swimming pool, baggage

Background imageRacquet Collection: Elegant and distinguished couple in an attractive garden

Elegant and distinguished couple in an attractive garden - note the rustic garden furniture style of the bridge adornments, the attractive and fully-operational fountain

Background imageRacquet Collection: Women's summer costumes by Hygeia

Women's summer costumes by Hygeia
Women's Boating, Cricket, Tennis and Tricycle Summer Costumes by Hygeia Date: 1888

Background imageRacquet Collection: White Star Line, Olympic and Titanic, three illustrations

White Star Line, Olympic and Titanic, three illustrations
White Star Line, Olympic and Titanic brochure, printed by Liverpool Printing and Stationery Co Ltd, published May 1911, likely to coincide with Titanic's launch

Background imageRacquet Collection: Kay Stammers, tennis player

Kay Stammers, tennis player
British tennis player Kay Stammers (1914-2005), shortly before her appearance in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final. On this occasion she lost to Alice Marble. Date: 1939

Background imageRacquet Collection: Child with tennis racket

Child with tennis racket Date: circa 1890

Background imageRacquet Collection: Sporting girls

Sporting girls
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Background imageRacquet Collection: The Marshalsea

The Marshalsea
Views of the Marshalsea in 1800 - The Racquet Court of the Marshalsea, Interior of the Palace Court of the Marshalsea. Date: 1875

Background imageRacquet Collection: Tom White, Royal Real Tennis Club, Hampton Court

Tom White, Royal Real Tennis Club, Hampton Court
Tom White, Veteran Professional, Royal Real Tennis Club, Hampton Court, Surrey. 1903

Background imageRacquet Collection: Vic Seixas, American tennis player

Vic Seixas, American tennis player
Vic Seixas (b.1923), American tennis player. circa 1950s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Couple posing with tennis rackets

Couple posing with tennis rackets, probably in Blanefield, Scotland. circa 1890s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player

Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player
Mervyn Rose (1930-2017), Australian tennis player. circa 1950s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese Twins

Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese Twins, joined at the chest, playing badminton. circa 1829

Background imageRacquet Collection: Tennis clothes designed by Mrs Fearnley Whittingstall

Tennis clothes designed by Mrs Fearnley Whittingstall
Tennis player, Mrs E. Fearnley Whittingstall, formerly Miss Eileen Bennett, modelling a variety of tennis clothes she had designed. Date: 1933

Background imageRacquet Collection: Medieval game of badminton

Medieval game of badminton
Medieval childrens game of badminton with racquets and shuttlecock, 13th century. Handcoloured lithograph by Joseph Strutt from his own Sports and Pastimes of the People of England

Background imageRacquet Collection: Medieval childrens games

Medieval childrens games: badminton with racquets and shuttlecock, boy with paper windmill, boy flying a butterfly on a string, and boys playing bob-cherry with an apple

Background imageRacquet Collection: Ladies playing badminton in a garden, 1817

Ladies playing badminton in a garden, 1817
Elegant ladies or meveilleuses playing badminton in a garden. Several have their hair in the fashionable short cut known as the martyr or victime

Background imageRacquet Collection: Medieval men playing wall tennis, checkers and hoops

Medieval men playing wall tennis, checkers and hoops
Medieval men bat a ball against a board mounted on a wall (wall tennis or pelota?), some play drafts or checkers, others roll hoops and jump through hoops

Background imageRacquet Collection: Fops and dandies playing paume, real tennis, Napoleonic era

Fops and dandies playing paume, real tennis, Napoleonic era
Fops and dandies (incroyables) playing the game of paume, real tennis, in the Napoleonic era. After a caricature in le Bon Genre

Background imageRacquet Collection: The game of longue paume, lawn tennis, 17th century

The game of longue paume, lawn tennis, 17th century
The game of longue paume, lawn tennis, played in a park in Paris, 17th century. From an engraving by Israel Sylvestre, 1655

Background imageRacquet Collection: The game of paume (real tennis), 18th century

The game of paume (real tennis), 18th century. A man with racquet watches other nobles playing real tennis over a net in a courtyard

Background imageRacquet Collection: The game of badminton played in a park, 19th century

The game of badminton played in a park, 19th century. Handcoloured lithograph after Langlume from Henry Rene Allemagnes Sports and Games of Skill (Sports et Jeux d Adresse), Librairie Hachette

Background imageRacquet Collection: Itinerant seller of brushes and racquets

Itinerant seller of brushes and racquets, un brossetier, 18th century. He carries a brush with bone handle 1, Dutch clothes brush 2, ordinary clothes brush 3, hat brush 4, paintbrush 5

Background imageRacquet Collection: The game of tennis on the Champs Elysees, 19th century

The game of tennis on the Champs Elysees, 19th century
The game of lawn tennis or longue paume on the Champs Elysees, 19th century. Handcoloured lithograph from Henry Rene Allemagnes Sports and Games of Skill (Sports et Jeux d Adresse)

Background imageRacquet Collection: Bilboquet and other games - including skittles

Bilboquet and other games - including skittles
Medieval men playing cup and ball, bilboquet, and other games including skittles, badminton and tennis. Lithograph from Henry Rene Allemagnes Sports and Games of Skill (Sports et Jeux d Adresse)

Background imageRacquet Collection: Merveilleuses playing badminton in a garden

Merveilleuses playing badminton in a garden
Badminton. Merveilleuse in flimsy dresses play a game of badminton in a garden. Several have their hair in the fashionable short cut known as the martyr or victime

Background imageRacquet Collection: Suzanne Lenglen, tennis player, wearing long shorts

Suzanne Lenglen, tennis player, wearing long shorts. Date: 1933

Background imageRacquet Collection: Children playing badminton on a greetings card

Children playing badminton on a greetings card - May the shuttlecock of life be always tossed by gentle hands! Date: circa 1900s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Cats playing tennis on a postcard

Cats playing tennis on a postcard -- A Hot Game. circa 1890s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Kittens playing tennis on a French birthday postcard

Kittens playing tennis on a French birthday postcard. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Knitting pattern cover, Mens Tennis Pullover

Knitting pattern cover, Mens Tennis Pullover in cable stitch. 1940s

Background imageRacquet Collection: Young girl holding very little tennis racquet Date: 1905

Young girl holding very little tennis racquet Date: 1905

Background imageRacquet Collection: Albert, Duke of York - Tennis at Queens Club

Albert, Duke of York - Tennis at Queens Club
Prince Albert, Duke of York (future King George VI) (1895-1952) - Royal Air Force Lawn Tennis Championships at Queens Club - the Duke won the doubles with Wing Commander Louis Greig - June, 1920

Background imageRacquet Collection: Chocolate box design, lady with tennis racquet

Chocolate box design, lady with tennis racquet
Chocolate box design, featuring a lady holding a tennis racquet. Date: 20th century



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