I think it was during a bad round of demon balls I happened to notice a google ad on the side entitled Table Tennis Pioneers... This may indeed be a large firm supplying recreational equipment, but my first image had been some mythic characters from Australian History battling the elements with paddles, making do with ping pong. Or whiff whaff ( as the after dinner amusement was once called.)
I wish I had been around to witness the craze of 1901, if only to receive an invitation like this:
"We are having Ping-Pong on _________ at ___ o'clock. Do join us".
See Table Tennis Postcards at this Table Tennis Antiques Site
There is a fabulous collection of memorabilia to be viewed at the Table Tennis Museum. We've only completed one round of slide-show categories to date - the vintage photographs- that included one South Australian image of Ladies playing Ping Pong under the Vines, but there are many wonderful items to be seen here.
Australian Airmen Relax in London
Comments: whiff whaff
Here's some more Ping Pong...
Posted by Nora at March 12, 2004 11:02 PM
the airmen are fantastic. munsters.
Posted by David Tiley at March 12, 2004 11:29 PM
Jolly good fun, perfect for a morning in a motel outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Posted by .s at March 14, 2004 01:42 AM
Nice movie, Nora.
I can see the Muntsers connection, David.
The Big question is: Which Airman is holding the Bat?
Hope there is a Recreation Room at the Motel, .s
These always featured a whiff-whaff table with fading bats and nets that had seen better days.
Posted by boynton at March 14, 2004 05:12 PM