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Booklet: Spaldings Lawn Tennis Annual
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Title: Booklet: Spaldings Lawn Tennis Annual
Identifier: 2002.1.30
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1898-1899
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A light brown booklet entitled “Spaldings Lawn Tennis Annual”. It lists participants, scores, and prize winners in the tennis tournaments during 1898. It includes the rules of play, equipment, and advertising. The cover is separated from the pages. There are numbers handwritten in pencil on the back.

The game of tennis was originally known as lawn tennis because it was first played on the lawns of Victorian England. The game of tennis gets its origins from the game of Royal or Court tennis which was immensely popular during the 17th Century. Around 1873 someone created some standard rules and patented them leading to the creation of lawn tennis. Games were played on both indoor and outdoor courts and rules were still quite loose and individual. Complete standardized rules did not become prevalent until organized tournaments started making standard rules necessary. The first game of tennis played at Wimbledon was played in 1877. The game was very popular among the upper class and spread from Europe to North America. The rise in popularity of leisure resorts in the 1870’s and 1880’s helped increase the popularity of tennis. International, national and local championships were created all of which drew big crowds. A popular social scene developed along with these matches as elaborate parties were thrown in conjunction with matches. With the occurrence of the industrial revolution and the increasing popularity of the game manufacturers started developing equipment especially for tennis. These same companies also often sponsored local tournaments and players. http://www.driftwaycollection.com/history_1.html
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