Monday, 3 March 2014

Keeping fit

Whatever you do to keep fit, it should be fun. There are so many activities to choose from - gymnastics, basketball, lawn bowls, tennis, horse riding and much more!

How about a vintage look at exercise, drawn from the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries, to get you motivated? If glamour is your thing, then tennis seems to be the winner - check out the tennis court by the sea at Piha and the stylish look of the Milne and Choyce model in her tennis outfit. Surely that is inspiration enough to pick up a racket?

Gymnastics:

Ref: 4-8930, a man doing a handstand on rails, no date, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19370310-49-1, gymnastics on the beach, 1937, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-WPSCH76, gymnasts, c. 1920-1939, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Basketball:

Ref: T6718, Belmont Primary School Girls' Basketball Team, 1936, North Auckland Research Centre
Ref: AWNS-19220914-46-6, the Auckland Basketball Association's Annual Tournament, 1922, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: T6720, Belmont School Girls Basketball team, 1915, North Auckland Research Centre

Bowls:
Ref: 35-R1254, Bath House Rotorua FGR 6951, c. 1900-1919, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: JTD-14K-04436-1, Henderson bowling green, 1929, West Auckland Research Centre
Ref: 4-3136-8, members of Stanley Point Bowling club playing on opening day, 1910, West Auckland Research Centre

Tennis:

Ref: 31-64284, Mr O E Burton, 1910, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: JTD-06K-03061-1, doubles game of tennis at Whatipu, 1940, West Auckland Research Centre
Ref: 34-M7A1, Milne and Choyce model in beach clothes with tennis racquet, photographer: Clifton Firth, c. 1940-1959, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Horse riding:

Ref: 255A-7441, unidentified man on a horse, c. 1900-1919, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: JTD-11K-03045-2, local undertaker and woman on horse, New Lynn, 1912, West Auckland Research Centre
Ref: 2-V431, three boys on a pony and a man on a horse at Broadlands, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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