Pictures of the First Class Gyms on the Titanic and Cruise Liners From the Early 20th Century

Titanic’s gymnasium was a wonderful innovation for an ocean-going liner. It had an electric camel, an electric horse, cycling machines and a rowing machine. Tickets, priced one shilling, were available from the purser and entitled first class passengers to one session in this facility, under the watchful eye of the physical educator, Mr Thomas McCauley.Continue reading “Pictures of the First Class Gyms on the Titanic and Cruise Liners From the Early 20th Century”

17 Vintage Tennis Style Photos From Between 1900s and 1920s

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court. TheContinue reading “17 Vintage Tennis Style Photos From Between 1900s and 1920s”

30 Amazing Vintage Photos of American Car Races from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries

Auto racing (also known as car racing, motor racing,[1] or automobile racing) is a motorsport involving the racing of automobiles for competition. Auto racing has existed since the invention of the automobile. Races of various sorts were organised, with the first recorded as early as 1867. Many of the earliest events were effectively reliability trials,Continue reading “30 Amazing Vintage Photos of American Car Races from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries”

Baby Racing Used To Be A Real-Life Actual Sport During The 1950s, And It Was Amazing!

From 1946 to 1955 the sport of baby racing was an actual thing. At the fairgrounds in New Jersey’s Palisades park the annual baby racing competition, better known as the Diaper Derby, would take place. The event was sponsored by the National Institute of Diaper Services and was a true crowd pleaser as evidenced byContinue reading “Baby Racing Used To Be A Real-Life Actual Sport During The 1950s, And It Was Amazing!”

Boxing and How to Train, 1904

The origins of the Speed Bag as we know it today are shrouded in mystery. Certain historical artifacts depict ancient boxers of Greece and Rome hitting a bag like object probably filled with some material or water. These were almost certainly animal skins or some other material, for the modern rubber air bladders of todayContinue reading “Boxing and How to Train, 1904”

Hawaii, 1890: This Is the First Known Photograph Ever Taken of a Surfer!

Dating back to 1890 this is perhaps the first photo ever taken of a surfer. The muscled Hawaiian beach man is photographed wearing a traditional loin cloth and shown standing in the shallows holding his rudimentary board. The original owner and the photographer are not known. Surfing rituals and the sport itself continued in theContinue reading “Hawaii, 1890: This Is the First Known Photograph Ever Taken of a Surfer!”

This 1940s ‘Slenderizing’ Equipment Promised to Reduce Hips, Buttocks and Thighs

In November 1940, LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt went to New York City and captured model Pat Ogden testing out the trendiest fitness fad of the decade – the Slenderizing Salon. Using metal rollers to massage women’s “problem areas,” the Slenderizing Salon claimed to help women lose weight without exercise by stimulating muscle contractions. (Photos byContinue reading “This 1940s ‘Slenderizing’ Equipment Promised to Reduce Hips, Buttocks and Thighs”

Marilyn Monroe Working Out at the Bel Air Hotel in 1953

In 1945 Hungarian-Romanian photographer Andre de Dienes met the nineteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe, then called Norma Jeane Baker, who was a model on the books of Emmeline Snively’s Blue Book Model Agency Norma Jeane had recently separated from her husband, James Dougherty, and told Dienes of her wish to become an actress. Dienes suggested that theyContinue reading “Marilyn Monroe Working Out at the Bel Air Hotel in 1953”

21 Vintage Photos of Skater Girls From the 1970s

By the time the ’70s rolled in, body hair was back in full swing, hippy babes were kicking around in flares and hot pants and women were getting on board with skating. Yep, female skateboarders started shredding alongside dudes on the streets, completely changing the way women were seen in sporting circles. Let’s take theContinue reading “21 Vintage Photos of Skater Girls From the 1970s”

25 Incredible Photos of the ‘Game of the Century’: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 1966

The 1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame football game (“the game of the century”) remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history. The game was played in Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9–0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contestContinue reading “25 Incredible Photos of the ‘Game of the Century’: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 1966”