Greg Gubi (LostCentury)




About LostCentury:

Media reports about the pioneers of American women’s sports & fitness originally published over 100 years ago.

LostCentury's Posts:

1904 Film of Women's College Basketball - 107 Years Ago
posted on September 26, 2011 at 2:16pm

Earliest Film of Women's College Basket Ball, May 10, 1904, Missouri Valley College, by American Mutoscope & Biograph Co....more

Women's Basketball League formed in New Orleans in 1894
posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:21pm

1894 Newspaper article announces the formation of a women's basketball league in New Orleans, Louisiana....more

New York World report of the First Women's Intercollegiate Basketball Game in 1896
posted on August 20, 2011 at 3:39pm

College Girls Play Ball in Bloomers, article and illustraiton from The World: New York, August 16, 1896, about the first women's intercollegiate baseketball game between Stanford and California, Berkeley, in San Francisco....more

Utah Pioneer of Women’s College Basketball Opens Campus Athletic Fields to Women in 1897
posted on August 17, 2011 at 1:06am

Lucile Hewett of Utah pioneered women's college basketball and led a movement to open campus athletic fields to women. Article and images from The Salt Lake Herald, May 17, 1897...more

Hoosier Hysteria in 1897 - The Women's Basketball Tournament in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
posted on August 12, 2011 at 4:03pm

March 31, 1897 article from The Fort Wayne News describes two exciting games in a women's basketball tournament, including fine dribbling, shooting and teamwork....more

Women's Basketball in Iowa in 1897
posted on August 11, 2011 at 5:15pm

June 11, 1897 article describes the introduction of women's basketball in the State of Iowa....more

Texas High School Girls’ Basketball Team Formed in 1897
posted on August 10, 2011 at 1:05pm

Galveston Daily News reports formation of a girls' high school basketball team, October 31, 1897, Ball High School...more

Six Feet of Girl and No Candy - Basketball Practice in 1898
posted on August 9, 2011 at 11:56am

March 25, 1898 article from San Francisco Call describes training methods and practice for women's basketball team....more

Co-ed Basketball in 1897 led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Daughter
posted on August 8, 2011 at 1:23am

Article from New York Sun, March 7, 1897, Girls and Boys share basketball court. Co-educational movement led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton's daughter....more

Fencing, Boxing, & the Physical Culture of Women 121 years ago
posted on July 1, 2011 at 3:07am

April 26, 1890 – The Illustrated American The physical culture of women is a subject that, starting as a fashionable fad, has attained the dignity of a real reform movement. Gymnastics are taught in numbers of the schools and colleges for girls bot...more

114 years ago - The Athletic Summer Girl of 1897
posted on May 31, 2011 at 1:21am

May 30, 1897 - The Sunday Herald: Syracuse, New York FAIR ONE'S FADS The Athletic Summer Girl of '97 NOT STYLISH TO BE FLABBY Must Excel in Golf, Fencing, Swimming and Rowing The summer girl of 1897 is to be distinctly an athlete. She may still clin...more

1903 - The Birth of Women's Softball
posted on May 22, 2011 at 1:57pm

February, 1903 - Spalding’s Athletic Library Official Indoor Base Ball Guide INDOOR BASE BALL FOR WOMEN By Milo S. Walker, Ph.D., West Division High School, Chicago, Ill. Indoor base ball has been played by the young women of the West Division and ...more

American Women Bowling in 1872
posted on May 16, 2011 at 1:49pm

1872 bowling article & illustration from The Graphic (London): A Ladies' Game in an American Ten-Pin Alley...more

Women 100 years ago Exercise Workout Video
posted on May 11, 2011 at 1:53pm


1899 - Volleyball - The New Game for Girls
posted on May 7, 2011 at 3:39pm

April 23, 1899, Sunday - The San Francisco Call “Volley ball is the game par excellence for girls and young women. It is a new game and meets all the requirements for exercise and physical culture.” So said Miss Walker, instructor in physical tr...more

1892 on Horseback - Where Women Ride Astride
posted on May 3, 2011 at 9:09pm

1892 Harper's Weekly article and illustration - "Where Women Ride Astride" - England...more

1896 article - "In a Girls' Gymnasium"
posted on May 1, 2011 at 11:10am

1896 article in Munsey's Magazine by Jean Pardee-Clark , "In A Girls' Gymnasium" (excerpts). Illustration by J.M. Gleeson....more

1886 article & illustrations - Swimming for Girls and Women
posted on April 27, 2011 at 8:55pm

1886, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper article and illustration, "Natation for Girls and Women." The article says the artist is a woman but her name is not credited....more

1900 Woman's Physical Development and Emile Zola
posted on April 26, 2011 at 10:30am

1900 Woman's Physical Development magazine cover with motto "Ugliness a Sin, Health is Beauty," and article by Emile Zola, "Why Modern Sports Benefit Woman."...more

1896 article - Regular Exercise for Girls
posted on April 25, 2011 at 10:23am

  January 14, 1896 – Harper’s Young People Regularity in bodily training is the “golden rule” of all physicians and gymnasium teachers. “A little exercise every day, taken at a certain time,” is worth more than all the spasmodic exertio...more

1902 article - The Athletic Girl Not Unfeminine
posted on April 24, 2011 at 2:16pm

1902 article published in Outing magazine written by Christine Terhune Herrick...more

Women’s Football (Soccer) over 135 Years Ago
posted on April 24, 2011 at 2:15am

Press reports from 1869-1876 across the country mention women playing football. “American football” had not been invented yet, so “football” meant a soccer-like game. The image was published two months before the first men’s college football game in 1869....more

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