Club Swinging Rhythms
- Club Swinging Rhythms
This black-and-white photograph shows ten members of the Springfield College gymnastics team working with Indian clubs. They are arranged in three lines and are all striking the same pose: holding the juggling clubs parallel to the floor, with the first behind their backs and the second held straight in front. A note on the back reads, “Club Swinging Rhythms.” We believe this photograph was taken before 1955, because Coach Leslie Judd’s name is stamped on the back. This may have been a part of a routine that the Springfield College gymnasts performed during exhibition shows, but these routines were also done as part of normal gym classes.
- Farnum, John
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
International Young Men's Christian Association College
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The history of gymnastics at Springfield College stretches nearly as far back as the school’s founding in 1885. Leslie Judd, widely considered a father of modern gymnastics, was the team’s first coach. Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball, was an early member of the team. The photograph was taken by John Farnum.