Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Men's Gymnasium showing the first glass backboards

image number:

P0028064

description:

The importance of this image lies in the fact that it shows the first glass backboards to be used on the IU campus. For many generations it has been thought that IU was the first to utilize glass backboards. A recent discovery shows this is not true. On page one of the January 4, 1917 edition of The Indiana Daily Student can be found an article regarding the December 9, 1916 basketball game between Rose Poly and Purdue (at Purdue). The article reads, in part: "Coach Mefford, of the Rose Poly team, claimed that the glass backboards in the Purdue gym handicapped his team..."

This image scanned from page 38 of the 1917 Arbutus yearbook. This image also appears in the Eighth Annual High School Baskeball Tournament program of March 15-16, 1918 held at Indiana University. It also appears on page 94 of the 1918 Arbutus yearbook.

date taken:

1916 or 1917

building name:

Men's Gymnasium (1917)

building name:

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)

topic:

Basketball

topic:

Gymnasiums

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Buildings & Grounds