Australian Y.M.C.A. Gymnastics Team (1914-1918)
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This lantern slide, “Australian Y.M.C.A. Gymnastics Team forms the Pyramid,” shows the Australian Y.M.C.A. Gymnastics Team mid-routine. They are indoors, and behind them hang two Australian flags. During World War I, the Australian Y.M.C.A. ran soldiers’ clubs in Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere. They also pooled their resources with the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand to form the International Hospitality League, which provided social services to all Allied troops. One function of the Y.M.C.A. was to entertain soldiers, and so it’s likely that this gymnastics team performed for the Australian troops stationed in Havre, France during World War I. This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I. This image shows some deterioration due to foxing; Writing on frame of the lantern slide says; Havre Aust Y.M.C.A. Gymnas. team the pyramid; 436 Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|World War, 1914-1918|
International Young Men's Christian Association
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