I've been watching a lot of British Pathé archives on YouTube lately. It's priceless. For those interested in women's tennis, a lot of stuff to watch from 1900 to 1969 and probably beyond has been downloaded and is watchable for everyone there. Now I know how Ann Haydon or Dorothy Round looked like. How well Maria Bueno played (fragments of the 1964 final are especially good) and how lovely Margaret Smith was... apart from having the greatest palmares of them all!
Also funny to watch Suzanne Lenglen play. Of course the sport has evolved since (and chronologically you can see how it evolved slowly, from Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills to Billie Jean King, going through Alice Marble, Maureen Connolly and Althea Gibson...) still her movement was unique!
Lots of Wimbledon films in the first place.
Basically, I watched everything with the Pathé logo on the video, that was about tennis.
Let's start a library of sorts, as suggested by Rollo. It will be videos, then links to videos (hoping they'll stay on YT) as to not make the page too heavy. I'll try to keep a rough chronology.
Miss Suzanne Lenglen
, artist of her times!
The only slam final Helen Wills lost to Helen Jacobs
(US Championships 1933), retiring in the third! (boooooooooo....). Title says Wills lost her crown but actually Jacobs had won the title the previous year already (Wills didn't play in 1932, but hey, you miss, you lose!), and was going to keep it until 1936 (hello Alice Marble!).
: Miss Jacobs defeated Miss Palfrey (with sound this time!). I like miss Palfrey! Lovely woman and style!
: the charming English player Dorothy Round (won Wimbledon twice, and the AO once as well) gives some tennis lessons.
and chapter 3
The 1961 Wimbledon final
Stately "Mort" (Angela Mortimer) vs tall Christine "Sixteen" Truman. In beautiful color. The clip is in random order.
Mort really was Angela's nickname. Christine Sixteen is my nickname for Truman, the most adored British female ever. She was a star at 16, beat world #1 Althea Gibson in 1957, and had British schoolgirls who went crazy for her and sometimes screamed at matches.
Don't ask me why. Perhaps they identified with her. She battled weight issues throughout her heyday.
This was a controversial final, as Truman fell heavily while ahead in the third and lost. Angela correctly pointed out that she had come from behind to beat Truman many times.
Nonetheless the Brits were robbed of seeing their darling win. At least Mort was British too! Truman had already won the French in 1959, but never did lift the Venus Rosewater dish.
Margaret Court vs Maria Bueno
, bits from the 1964 Wimbledon final at 3:29.
A Pathe clip of one of Teddy Tinling's pre-Wimbledon fashion shows
(Rollo comments). This one is from 1967,
I recognize Francoise Durr (in the middle early on) and that Virginia Wade at the 1.25 mark. Then Teddy in his 60s cool sunglasses with his girls.
the lady at 1:57 next to Ted on the right is Maria Bueno. (a close up of her at 2:03)
at 2:14 we have the lovely Lesley Turner, Ann Jones, and Bueno.
LOL at the male photographers too.
A pity there is no sound.
Ok-wrong clip. This one has sound however-and Virginia Wade. Can anything be better?