Girls' Field Day (1915)
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This lantern slide shows a large group of girls, a few men, and a few young women posing for a photograph around a truck. A sign on the vehicle reads, “Playgrounds - Girls Field Day - Pratt Field.” They are near Pratt Field, an athletic facility of the International YMCA College, now Springfield College. Sometime during 1915, Springfield College’s County Work class sponsored a Field Day for local girls and boys. During this event, children representing different “playgrounds” could compete in a variety of activities. This tradition appears to have started in the late-19th and early-20th century, when the school hosted Field Days for children between twelve and fifteen years old. They could compete in the 50-yard dash, 100-yard dash, running high jump, running broad jump, shotput, and sackrace. According to the Association Seminar, “Great interest was manifested and intense loyalty to the playground is being stimulated by inter-playground competition” (1903). Text on border reads, "Municipal Field Day, Pratt Field, 1915.
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