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pov
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:51 PM
Back in the day. :)

pov
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:56 PM
http://cache.matrix.msu.edu/expa/large/1-2-1191-25-ExplorePAHistory-a0k7t7-a_349.jpg
Credit: John Mosley Collection, Courtesy Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection, Temple University.

One of the great athletes of the 1930s, Philadelphia's Ora Washington won nine consecutive singles tennis championships between 1929 and 1937, and twelve straight doubles championships with partner Lula Ballard, also from Philadelphia, from 1925 onwards. Playing in the all-black American Tennis Association, Washington never had the opportunity to test her skills against reigning world woman's champion Helen Wills Moody, who refused to play her. No African-American woman would play in the United States National Lawn Tennis Association until Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in 1950.

pov
Jun 19th, 2012, 08:01 PM
http://blackoncampus.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/howard-university-womens-tennis-class.jpg

Howard U Women’s Tennis Class, circa 1930

Rollo
Jun 19th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Great idea for a thread POV:)

For those interested there are also threads devoted to each decade that include many photos. Here are the ones pre-1950

Long Skirts and Bowler Hats-Pioneers til 1914
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=19807

Flapper Girls-The Roaring 1920s
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=41797

The 1930s
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=34200

Serve and Volley-1940s Tennis
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=23435

Rollo
Jun 19th, 2012, 09:05 PM
http://onnidan.com/03-04/images/peterssisters.jpg

Here are the Peters sisters. Roumania peters (on the right) was one of America's top-rated black tennis players during the 1940ís, who in 1944 and 1946 won the national titles of the American Tennis Association (one of the nationís oldest black sports organizations), and who with her sister Margaret Peters dominated the ATAís doubleís game winning 14 titles .

The sisters were dubbed "Pete" and "Repete". The Blast has a thread devoted to them at:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=204599

Rollo
Jun 19th, 2012, 09:08 PM
The rather severe looking Dorothea Lambert Chambers-a 7 time Wimbledon winner. Even the name sounds tough to me.

http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/36/62036-004-C7451ACB.jpg