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.

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

 

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

 

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