Women's Basketball Team at Cornell, 1905 | #tbt

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Today’s throwback Thursday photograph comes from the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. The image shows members of a women’s basketball team at Cornell University taken in 1905. Before women’s basketball became a varsity sport at Cornell in 1971, women played in inter-class competitions and teams wore different color bloomers to tell each other apart.

You can’t deny that uniforms have come a long way since the early 1900s.

Women's basketball team at Cornell University, 1905.

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University.

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  1. Early Basketball for women, as shown in the photo, was not the same game as for the men. The court was set up in sections that one player from each team was restricted to play in . The teams did not have the full run of the court at any time. This women’s basketball didn’t go out of favor until the 1950’s. When it came to track sports, women were also not allowed to run any over a mile sport. The theory given at the time was any additional exertion would harm their reproduction capabilities.

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