Friday, March 12, 2004

whiff whaff

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

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