Female Students Exercising in the Gym (1899)

What a fascinating series of photographs. These were taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around 1899 and we dug this up at the Library of Congress. It shows a group of young women exercising in the Western High School gymnasium.

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young women exercising with dumbbells at Western High School
young women exercising with dumbbells at Western High School
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young women play basketball at Western High School
young women play basketball at Western High School

 

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young women exercising with bowling pins at Western High School
young women exercising with bowling pins at Western High School
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young women exercising with bizarre apparatus
young women exercising with bizarre apparatus

 

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young woman exercising at Western High School
young woman exercising at Western High School