|Description: Slightly yellowed black and white photograph of a girl playing table tennis. She is on the verge of hitting a ball with her racket. The girl is wearing a dark coloured polo shirt and shorts. The name "Ken" is written in black in the bottom left corner of the photo|
Table tennis or 'Ping Pong' developed from lawn tennis and badminton in the early 1880’s. Known as ‘Gossima’ and ‘Whiff-Whaff’, this game quickly spread across Europe and North America. James Gibb is credited with the introduction of hollow balls and the change in the name to ‘Ping-Pong’ derived from the noise the ball made hitting the table. In 1901 this name was registered as a trade name by J.Jacques & Son. American company, Parker Brothers, introduced a Ping Pong set which set off a craze for the game.
Photograph most likely taken during one of the youth drop-in programs organized by the Mississauga Recreation and Parks department during summer months.
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