Gymnastics

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Salt print of Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett, the first African-American on the Harvard University staff and the director and curator of the Harvard Gymnasium from 1859 to 1871. He taught gymnastics, boxing and the use of dumbbells. He is pictured here with the tools of his craft: boxing gloves, Indian clubs, dumbbells, medicine balls and the wooden wand. At the time most physical culture figures generally recommended light apparatus work but Hewlett appeared to favor much heavier clubs and dumbbells. Hewlett’s daughter, Virginia, married Frederick Douglass. In 1900, his son, E.M. Hewlett, became the first African-American lawyer to win a case before the US Supreme Court (Carter vs. Texas). Image measures 8.25″ x 6″ on a 13″ x 9.25″ mount.

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Women Attendants with dumbbells at the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, early 1860’s.

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Women Attendants with dumbbells at the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, early 1860’s.

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Women Exercising with Dumbells.

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Exercising, Concord, New Hampshire School Room, 1872.

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Exercising, Concord, New Hampshire School Room, 1872.

45010.

WRG 1899.

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Women’s gymnastics class.

45021.

Men’s gymnastics class.

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Ladies Athletic Club, Buffalo, N.Y. (No. 6).

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No. 184. Gymnastics.

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Man with rings.

45090.

Gymnasts.

45091.

Gymnasts.

45092.

Gymnast.

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Gymnast and Indian Clubs.

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Gymnast and Indian Clubs.

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Women’s gymnastics class, wall of Indian Clubs.

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Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. Women’s gymnastics class with dumbbells.

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6 o’clock Gymnastic Class, Dana Hall, 1889-90. Dana Hall School was founded in 1881 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Most of the women are identified on verso. They are posed with Indian Clubs, dumbbells, hoops and poles.

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William Hanlon (1842-1923) with trapeze and barbell.

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Thomas Hanlon (1833-1868). Suffered a fall in 1865, pierced his skull, became mentally unstable as a result and committed suicide 3 years later.

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William Hanlon (1842-1923).

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Leotard, 1864.

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Written on verso “Saw Leotard and bought this at the Alhambra July 1st, 1862.”

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